About Us
  • Thermal power plants
  • Elecricity Boards
  • Engineering Industry
  • Turkey Contrator like BHEL ABB, NICCO, L&T etc
  • Cement Plants
  • Petroleum
  • Chemical/ Petro-Chemical
  • Steel/Merallurgical
  • Engineering Consultants
  • Agro Fertilizers
  • Shipping
  • Defence/Ordinace Factories
  • Valve Manufacturers
  • Transformer Manufacturers
  • Engine Manufacturers
  • Oxygen Plants
  • Carbon Black Plants
  • Tyre Industry
  • Crygenic System
  • Atmoic Engery/Nuclear Power
Contact Us
Installation Manual What's New


Installation Instructions:


Metal Bellows Expansion Joints have been designed to absorb a specified amount of movement by flexing of the thin-gauge convolutions. If proper care is not taken during installation, it may reduce the cycle life and the pressure capacity of the expansion joints which could result it an early failure of the bellows element or damage the piping system. The following recommendations are included to avoid the most common errors that occur during installation. When in doubt about installation procedure, contact the manufacturer / piping design engineer for clarification before attempting to install the Expansion Joint.

The piping system has to be well designed with proper supports hangers etc. as per the commendations of a piping design engineer. THE BELLOWS IS NOT A HARDWARE WHICH CAN TAKE UP MISALIGNMENTS & WEIGHTS DUE TO INADEQUATELY DESIGNED PIPING SYSTEM.



Inspector for damage during shipment i.e. dents, broken hardware, water marks on carton etc.

Do not drop or strike carton.

Store in clean dry area where it will not he exposed to heavy traffic or damaging environment.

Do   not   remove   shipping   bars   until installation is complete.

Use only designated lifting lugs.

Do not remove any moisture absorbing dessicant bags or protective coatings until ready for installation.
Make the piping systems fit the Expansion Joint. By stretching, compressing or offsetting the joint to fit the piping, it may be over stressed when the svstem is in service.

Do not use hanger lugs as lifting lugs without approval of manufacturer.

It is good practice to leave one flange loose until the expansion joint has been fitted   into   position.   Make  necessary adjustment    of   loose    flange    before

Do not use hanger lugs as lifting lugs without approval of manufacturer.

Install joint with arrow pointing in the direction of flow. Do not allow weld splatter to hit unprotected bellows. Protect with wet chloride free insulation.
Install single van stone liners pointing in the direction of flow. Be sure to install a gasket between the liner and Van Stone flange as well as between the mating flange and liner.
Do not use cleaning agents that contain chlorides.
With telescoping van stone liners, install the smallest LD. liner pointing in the direction of flow.
Do not use steel wool or wire brushes on bellows.
Remove all shipping devices after the installation is complete and before any pressure test of the fully installed system.

Do not force rotate one end of an expansion joint for alignment of bolt holes. Ordinary bellow s are not capable of absorbing torque.

Remove any foreign material that may have become lodged between the convolutions.

Do not hydrostatic pressure test or evacuate the system before installation of all guides and anchors.

Refer to EJMA standards for proper guide spacing and anchor recommendations.

Pipe hangers are not adequate guides.


Do not exceed a pressure test of 1.5 times the rated working pressure of the expansion joint.


Do not use shipping bars to retain thrust if tested prior to installation.

The manufacturer's warranty may be void if improper installation procedures have been used.

Copyright © 2003. Athulya Bellows & Engineering (P) Ltd. Contact Us at response@athulyabellow.com created By : smartinfosys.net