The Essence of Pipe Spooling and How It is Fabricated

May 13, 2022

Industrial buildings maximise a piping system to ensure that their operations can be conducted optimally. What makes this system relevant to these buildings is that it has the necessary components that can help transport materials safely.

All components of a piping system are designed to prevent pressure, temperature, corrosion, erosion, and other damaging elements from affecting the condition of the materials. Some materials that are often transferred by the piping system inside these buildings are fuels, refined petroleum, natural gas, water, sewage, hot water, and steam. Without durable system components, these materials may be exposed to elements that can damage them or react with them violently.

An Overview of Pipe Spooling

When installing a piping system in a building, installers may find it difficult to fit all its components in just one go. Hence, some parts of the piping system should be prefabricated before bringing them inside the property. These prefabricated sections of the system are known as pipe spools. To date, there are three main components of pipe spools. These components are pipes, flanges, and fittings.

Pipes are long components of a pipe system that transport the materials from one end to another. Flanges, alternatively, serve as the connector between two pipelines. These parts are bolted to each other so they can maintain a tight connection between the pipes. Fittings, ultimately, are intended to dissipate and regulate the material flow to other piping system components. 

The process of fabricating flanges, fittings, and pipes into workable system components is pipe spooling. Pipe spooling can simplify the assembly or modification of a piping system since installers do not have to assemble all these components on-site from scratch.

The Production of Pipe Spools

A piping system can only be completed once pipe spool fabrication and site installation have been carried out. Tons of processes are involved in generating pipe spools. These processes are cutting, bevelling, fitting, welding, and stress-relieving. 

Most pipe spools come from tubular raw materials, which all undergo almost all the processes mentioned earlier. As these parts undergo cutting, bevelling, fitting, and welding, manufacturers will subject them to quality inspections to verify if they follow the quality standards. Any stresses that may be found during the inspections will then be remedied through stress-relieving heat treatment. Hydro testing can subsequently be conducted to check the parts’ liquid transfer capabilities. Various surface finishing processes are ultimately conducted to ensure that these parts will be durable and long-lasting.

The newly created pipe spools are then expected to be transported to the site where they will be installed in the existing piping system. 

Maintaining Pipe Spools Quality

Even though pipe spools are made from durable and long-lasting materials, they can still deteriorate due to long-term usage and exposure to elements. Fortunately, they can be protected from damaging elements by finishing them with a protective corrosion-resistant coating. Routine inspections can likewise be conducted so that any cracks or signs of damage can be checked and resolved as early as possible.

To find out more about pipe spooling, you can contact us at Fusion-Weld Engineering.

Contact Details

Fusion - Weld Engineering Pty Ltd
ABN 98 068 987619

1865 Frankston Flinders Road,
Hastings, VIC 3915

Ph: (03) 5909 8218

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