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What are the different types of pipe supports in refineries?

Pipe supports can be classified according to both their level of engagement (active or passive) and function (load-bearing, guiding, or anchoring).

We designate support configurations whose primary capabilities are always engaged as active, whereas passive support configurations simply follow the movement of the pipe during normal operation. However, disturbances such as severe weather, impact, abnormal vibration or seismic events, will activate these otherwise passive supports, which then function as active anchoring devices.

Pipe support functions include load bearing, guiding, or anchoring. A load bearing support will uphold the weight of the pipe while allowing possible movement in all three dimensions. A guide will uphold the weight of the pipe while restricting movement in up to two dimensions. An anchor will completely restrict pipe movement in all three dimensions while bearing the weight, side, and thrust loads.

Hydraulic Snubber Assemblies - Passive Supports
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