Rubber Expansion


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Although different elastomers and fabrics are available for variable operating conditions, the application of neoprene and nylon has proven to be the most reliable and enduring combination. It is best to consult with knowledgeable and experienced manufacturers to specify the most superior materials, whether it is new construction or replacement. As a critical element whose failure will shut down a power plant, careful consideration should be given to specifying high grade materials, with built in safety and reliability features.

All dog-bone joints will require a splice to make endless, at some point. Except in unusual circumstances, only one splice per joint is necessary. For new construction, most dog-bones can be supplied with a factory splice. Subsequent replacements, most often require a field splice, due to added interference within the condenser.

In any case, splicing should be done by skilled technicians that work directly for, or are approved by the manufacturer.