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>Basically, how do I determine the deformabilty of a piping system to know
>whether or not it's a high deformability, limited deformability, or low
>deformability piping system?
You may be in over your head here. Piping is considered under ASME/ANSI 
B31.n, the n depending on the kind of system, refrigeration, refinery 
what-have-you. It's nothing like the approach used for buildings. You 
should look at the piping codes for guidance and rules covering external 
loads; the combination requirements and thermal expansion are especially 

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___________________________| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)

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