Monolithic Insulating Joints

What are the Monolithic Insulating Joints?

Monolithic Insulating Joint is a metal-insulated, non-seamable, prefabricated construction

with or without a spark gap to ensure electrical discontinuity of the pipeline in which it is installed.

 

Use of a Monolithic Insulating Joint

  • Underground and aboveground transmission and distribution pipelines,
  • Existing and under construction facilities,
  • In front and behind gas reduction stations,
  • Aboveground and underground gas and crude oil storage facilities,
  • Tanks and installations for liquid and gaseous fuels.

Mechanical properties

  • Monolithic Insulating Joints bodies are made as welded structures from thick metal sheets (carbon or low alloy structural steel),
  • Results of measurements and tests are included in documentation enclosed with our products.

Electrical properties

  • The quality is guaranteed by the use of high-class insulating materials,
  • The use of exchangeable spark gaps,
  • No sparking or breakdown during the electrical test with alternating voltage of 5 kV (50 Hz) for 1 min. (test performed before and after hydrostatic test),
  • Resistance of Monolithic Insulating Joints above 1GΩ at 1kV in the dry state,
  • No breakdown at a voltage of 15 ÷ 25 kV (depending on requirements) when checking external insulation coating with holiday testing.

Calculations

  • Standard according to WUDT-UC-WO-0, PN-EN 13480-3 and ASME VIII Div. 1
  • Additional values such as bending moment and bursting forces can be imposed by customer,

  • Necessary parameter for calculation is the working pressure.

Materials

  • Pipe use for welding according to

    PN-EN ISO 3183, PN-EN 10028, DIN 1626, API Spec 5L, ASTM A53 and other,

  • Steel elements (rings) made of sheet metal, metallurgical rings and forgings according to PN-EN 10028,
  • Insilating materials are laminated epoxy boards according to PN-EN 60893 and DIN 7735

Welding and non-destructive testing

  • The steel elements of the Monolithic Insulating Joints are joined together by MAG welding in accordance with approved procedures by an independent certification body,
  • The welds are examined using non-destructive methods: VT (visual testing), PT (penetrant testing) and UT (ultrasonic testing) by 2nd level specialists holding competence certificates issued by the Welding Institute.

Applied exterior coatings

  • Polyurethane coatings according to EN 10290,
  • Heatshrinkable coatings acc. to PN-EN 12068, “CANUSA” “REIHEM”.
  • Paint coatings (epoxy) acc. to PN-EN 12944.

Internal coatings used

  • Paint coatings (epoxy) acc. to PN-EN 12944, PN-EN 10301.

Testing

  • Construction, dimensions, materials,
  • Hydrostatic strength test with pressure 1.5xMOP (maximum working pressure),
  • Pneumatic tightness test at a pressure of 6 bar,
  • Electrical test with 5kV/50Hz alternating voltage for 1 minute (no sparking),
  • Resistance above 1GΩ at 1 kV DC.

Scope of performance

  • It is possible to supply Monolithic Insulating Joints with increased working parameters, i.e. working pressure up to 420 bar (ANSI 2500), working temperature -50°C ÷ 180°C,
  • additionally with internal, external spark gap or with adjustment for external spark gap.

Product datasheet

Manual of transportation, storage, assembly and use of Monolithic Insulating Joints

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