Wear Pads / Bearing Pads
Wearpads are used to protect process piping from wall-thinning due to contact with pipe racks and other metal structural components.
Bearing pads are used to integrate construction irregularities like rotation and non-parallel load bearing surfaces, while also furnishing a sliding surface to accommodate expansion.
How do I avoid metal on metal contact with pipe clamps over carbon steel piping?Installing non-metallic wear pads is the simplest way to protect both your piping and clamps from metal-on-metal friction that could eventually lead to corrosion. You can also use a neoprene lining at the area where the clamp meets the pipe.
How do I determine the size of a wear pad to be used on a pipe?Wear pads are used to protect process piping from wall-thinning due to contact with pipe racks and other metal structural components. To determine the size of a wear pad, one should consider:
- the wall thickness of the supported pipe.
- thinner wall piping requires a larger contact surface.
- the capacity of the load being supported.
- larger load capacity requires a larger contact surface.