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Re: Welded elbows in carbon steel pipes

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There is some "play" in the alignment of the field welded joints.  Using this joint fit tolerance you can get some change in direction without installing a pipe fitting.  Also, what size pipe are you using.  Smaller diameter pipes have some flexibility to allow a gradual sweep to help with your change in pipe invert elevation changes.

On 1/3/07, Jimenez, Jorge A. <jajimenez(--nospam--at)> wrote:

I have a project with a carbon steel pipe running some miles, transporting water. The pipe will has buried portions and above ground portions. I am wondering how the welded elbows would be. Due the slightest vertical directions changes from the topography, standard elbows of 90, 45 and 22.5 degrees will not be enough to accommodate the pipe route geometry. A profile would be generated with the arbitrary angles for the elbows. Another options is to select a set of 'project standard elbows' and then generate a profile with this set of elbows. How is the standard procedure for this work? All the elbows are shop-fabricated or some are field-fabricated?

Jorge Jimenez, PE