Barco Ball Joints

Barco Ball Joints have evolved from a locomotive steam line to heat rail cars to an offset piping method to accept thermal expansion, contraction, and seismic movement. Over 100 years ago, in the early 1900s, you developed Barco Ball joints for many different piping applications. Barco Ball Joints are widely accepted to transport steam through rail cars to provide heat for passenger cars. Rail cars would need the flexibility in the pipe to take turns and movement of the train as it transported goods and passengers through the country. Barco Ball Joints were a perfect solution to handle the steam lines. Fast forward a hundred years. You can find Barco Ball Joints throughout the oil and gas industry, Hydrocarbon and process industry, Offshore flow lines, and FPSO’s Military fuel storage tanks. Solar fields of Solar ONE in Nevada, to solar fields in Spain. The United Dates of America even have Barco Ball Joints in strategic oil reserves salt domes. Barco Ball Joint’s seismic capabilities include Airports and some of the world’s tallest buildings, like the PETRONAS Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. The Barco Ball Joints can help secondary recovery products in the Undieted States of America and throughout the Middle East.

What is a Barco Ball Joint? Why are they so universally used for thermal growth and offsets? How do they handle seismic motion, equipment vibration, and shock loads in fixed piping systems? The “Offset” method allows piping movements in a ridged system. Barco Ball Joint comprises three casing, ball, and inner seals. The Barco Ball Joint allows 360-degree rotation, and up to 15-to-40-degree angularity sizes can range from 2″ to 48″, with pressures over 5000 psi and temperatures over 800 degrees F. The standard Barco Ball Joints are made of carbon steel., with 304 and 316 stainless as a second favorite. The Ball of the Barco Ball Joint includes two mil chrome-moly overlays. Options include an Inconel overlay, integrally welded to coating. This prohibits flaking or chipping up to 800 degrees F or 427 degrees C. The Barco Ball Joints can be nickel-plated, and another plating is available on request. Weld ends with schedules up to XX and flanges to 2500 rating. The Barco Ball Joints are available in BSP, JIS, and DIN dimensions. The Barco Ball Joints can be electrically traced to keep the lines hot. Steam Jackets joints are used for molten sulfur, asphalt, or other hot, dense materials.

The Barco Ball Joints have several different styles. This includes Type N/Style I, OW1500 Series, Style II, Style III, and Style IIIV The style I Barco Ball Joint is the standard The spherical surface of the steel ball balls is protected with two mils of chrome consisting of one mil hard chrome over one mil crack free chrome, baked-on molybdenum disulfide coating The seals, “11N,” are common mineral-filled With pressure rating of 1200 psig and 525F Other seals for the style N include Teflon and other special molded chemically inert materials Type N/Style II, Barco Ball Joint is factory injected with sealant The sealant is injected through a casing charging port These joints may be replenished through the casing charging ports This system can be recharged in the field when the pressure has been relieved The Style III and II-V Barco Ball Joint can be charged with sealant in the field, under whole line pressure, through integral recharge cylinders; the seals consist of inner and outer contorted seal rings combined with factory injected flake graphite In the high-pressure joints, the seals may be made of ductile iron or other higher-pressure steel material.

Remember, the terminology “Offset methods “Offset provides pipe movement due to thermal expansion and protects fixed equipment against shock, seismic motion, torsional force, and end thrust. His method can replace expensive pipe loops and save space, lowering the cost of piping installation by reducing pipe and guides and piping length. In addition, reduced piping length means less energy loss through piping. Pipe bellows are used when there is not enough room to lay the pipe. Inefficient engineering design, Hundreds-of-thousands of Barco Ball Joints are in service worldwide; Often, people confuse ball joints with ball valves. If you are looking for ball valves in Houston, contact Dannenbaum LLC while using the Barco original design from the turn of the century and innovating the original injected-style ball joint in 1929. In addition, high-performance ball joints with metallic seals for increased temperatures were introduced in 1978.

What are some of the applications for the Barco Ball Joints? the industrial revolution led to the railroads, which led to coal-oil, kerosene, and other fuel oil. The oil boom with “black gold” oil crude created a need for storage tanks. These tanks were first made of wood, like a whiskey barrel, and soon evolved into riveted steel tanks. However, the combination of the steel and weight due to water or crude caused a different issue. The weight of these tanks would soon settle and expand. As a result, the tank walls would expand and contract, causing complex pipe motions. These wall flexing motions caused by setting and thermal issues can cause tremendous forces on the valve nozzles of the tank. The Barco Ball Joint will handle excessive loads and protect the valve and piping system. You can prevent oil spills and dangerous leaks, even with potential earthquake shock refineries worldwide incorporating the Barco Ball Joints on storage tanks for crude, fuel, and water. The military uses this system for jet fuel storage systems. The salt domes in Louisiana and Texas are caverns that store fuel and gas as part of the strategic reserves for fuel. The Barco Ball joints are incorporated into the piping systems for nuclear applications. Two Joints keep forces and loads in the piping system at a minimum by handling the sudden thermal expansion and shock loads. You can put on all joints vibrasnubs. Relief valve piping is also protected from seismic vibration.

Other energy applications include secondary recovery, used to inject steam, CO2, or high-pressure water into oil plays, where conventional methods have been exhausted using the Barco Ball Joints system to inject into these fields, which can produce an additional 15 to 40% of oil from the filed which was thought to be depleted his scissors design was used in the United States for years, in Texas. California and now used in the Middle East for over thirty years man oil reserves accounted for 65 to 85% of their government revenues last year; with oil prices declining, they cut back on future exploration until prices leveled out. However, the cost of secondary recovery continued to be very economical in the worldwide fields playing out the continued use of Barco Ball Joints in South America and remote parts of the world.

The “offset is superior to pipe loops, the economy of space, and the piping, which means fewer real estate footprint, fewer supports, and anchors. This means significant energy savings, fewer fittings and pipes, reduced labor cost, and substantial capital cost; long-term energy savings are significant due to reductions in radiated heat loss, and fluid pumping horse-power reduction is less important for offshore low lines of the topside have limited space. Costly flexible hose is expensive no the flexible, use up lots of room for thermal expansion and other pipe movements. Other pipe movements space the Barco Ball Joint can take the place of conventional flex pipe with the “Off Set” method. The normal line sizes can range from 2 to 8″ with pressure inches over 5000 psi. You can find these Barco Ball Joints in Russia, Angola, South America, Kazakhstan, and the Gulf Coast of the United States. Unfortunately, hurricanes and waves have destroyed Riggs and pipes, but the ball joints were still in working condition.

Solar energy became of favorite twenty years ago. However, the new energy method had its challenge. The method is the use of solar photovoltaic cells. As you see in homes and buildings, the energy is absorbed through cells and transferred to a direct electrical current. However, you must invert that to an alternate current. The other method is heat-transfer fluid, which is heated and circulated in the receiver and used to produce steam. Steam is converted into mechanical energy in a turbine, which powers a generator to produce electricity efficient mirrors reflect and follow the sun. Heating special heating transfers fluids that can be stored and create steam; a generator uses the steam to create electricity to handle the transfer fluid attached to the mirrors. Barco Ball Joints were an ideal solution. The Ball Joints were tested for thousands of cycles to meet the industry’s needs. These Barco Ball Joints are now in solar plants throughout the world.

Barco Ball Joints not only eliminate stress between fixed pipes and moving equipment. For example, Barco Ball Joints help in the commercial building industry. In-line expansion joints also require excessive anchoring pipe loops, which would be impracticable due to space limitations. Metal expansion joints could leak or brake vibration. Seismic movement can damage the piping system. There can be significant r space issues. Barco Ball Joints can contain destructive forces within the pipe system. Vibration from fixed equipment is dampened, and system noise is reduced gain, cost-saving results from fewer anchors and supports airports have limited spaces to transfer HVAC, steam, and water, found the need for Barco Ball Joints both Dallas and Chicago’s O’ Hare Airport used Barco Ball Joints to condensate for the thermal expansion, contraction, and torque in hot, cold. Chilled water piping systems limited space in long tunnels, terminals, and corridor structures favored ball joints. Barco Ball Joints also eliminate pipe movement problems related to fixed pump connections.

Infrastructures have aged, and old piping systems need to be repaired in high-rise commercial buildings, and You must supply roads and bridges with steam, condensate, and chilled water for utility examples are downtown Minneapolis Energy Center, that supplied steam, to numerous buildings, from office towers to the Metrodome. The Barco Ball Joints effectively handle expansion over four miles of steam lines and protect fixed equipment from shock. The exact solutions for earthquake movement necessitate Barco ball joints in San Francisco in electric utility suspended a 24″ steam transmission line from an 85-year-old bridge. Two joints permit we calculated compact offset more minor supports, minimum thrust on anchors, and substantially less stress on the bridge structure. The thrust force uses ball joints to be one-fifth of slip joints. Two joints will last many years without maintenance in an inspection location, and maintenance would be difficult and costly.

The Barco Ball Joint is a piping solution. It saves space, money, and engineering cost. Barco ball joints are highly durable and rugged; having been subjected to severe physical tests without damage to seal, the Barco Ball Joint has no thin wall to fatigue Barco Ball Joints are fire safe. Barco Ball Joints have been exposed to fire for 40 minutes at 1350 F. to an oil and gas fire. This test meets oil and gas requirements. After the test was complete, there was no leakage or damage to the pipe seal.