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#1 Kachisa

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 04:29 PM

Hi All,

i'd like to know if normally a steel pipe 4'', sch STD can support a full vacuum during normal operation ?

 

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#2 fallah

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 03:00 AM

 

i'd like to know if normally a steel pipe 4'', sch STD can support a full vacuum during normal operation ?

 

 

Kachisa,

 

For evaluation of the capability of a pipe in vacuum you will need to follow the applicable piping code. If that code would be ASME B31.3, paragraph 304.1.3 direct you to ASME BPV code Sec. VIII, Div. 1, para. UG-28 through UG-30.
 



#3 Kachisa

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 03:08 AM

Thank you so much Mr. Fallah.

I will take a detailed look on it.



#4 sgkim

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 08:47 AM

Kachisa, 

 

Fermi Lab provided an useful chart to determine the minimum thickness of some long metal pipes for full vacuum services.

The following site may help:   http://lss.fnal.gov/...ab-tm-1378.pdf 

 

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~Stefano Kim



#5 sugarmill apprentice

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 09:15 AM

The short answer to your question is YES. A 4-inch diameter standard wall (Sch. 40) pipe will easily handle a vacuum.

However, you need to be careful about everything else.

For example, make sure butterfly valves are designed for vacuum service.

If not, the vacuum can draw in valve linings, which will be cut and the valve can fail the first time it goes through an operating cycle.  






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