Services - Pipe Support
Pipe Support Audit Program
When aging plants and facilities have degradation of pipe supports, the consequences can be catastrophic. As springs or rigid supports corrode, coils become fatigued or collapse. The loss of support integrity no longer carries the weight of piping for which it was designed. Lines sag, lose proper slopes and transfer the weight into surrounding equipment and nozzles. The strain of such weight transfers can induce forces and moments, overstress piping and equipment. Stress corrosion and creep can cause failure of components, induce flow problems and severely impair the working conditions of the systems. Periodic audits in accordance with code B31.1 Power Piping, of associated supports, are now part of the code's requirements to maintain and effect proper conditions or environs in Power and Process Plants.
Due to access issues and costs associated with scaffolding, pipe support inspection & maintenance is often overlooked, and the supports can go unattended for years. Often pipe support issues are not addressed until there is a critical failure. With MHT’s 4-phase “hands-on” auditing program facilities receive expert inspection, maintenance and analysis of all piping supports without the added costs of scaffolding. With this turnkey program all piping supports receive a thorough inspection, adjustments and replacements as needed.