expansion loop


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expansion loop

[ik′span·shən ′lüp]
(engineering)
A complete loop installed in a pipeline to mitigate the effect of expansion or contraction of the line.

expansion bend, expansion loop

expansion bends
A bend (usually in the form of a horseshoe or ?) which is inserted in a pipe run to provide for the expansion of the pipe resulting from a temperature change.
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Expansion loops also allow easier disassembly and reassembly.
This has traditionally been achieved by including expansion loops in the pipeline at regular intervals along the route length.
Specifically, the project calls for the installation of the 29 km (18 miles) of 24-inch pipeline, three risers, three expansion loops, and the subsea tie-in.