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An expansion joint or movement joint is an assembly designed to safely absorb the heat-induced expansion and contraction of construction materials, to absorb vibration, to hold parts together, or to allow movement due to ground settlement or earthquakes.

They are commonly found between sections of buildings, bridges, sidewalks, railway tracks, piping systems, ships, and other structures.

Expansion joints - sometimes called expansion bellows, flexible joints or Expansion joint - are devices that comprise of a flexible element known as the bellows membrane that is fitted to end connections that are best suited to the pipework they are to be installed in.

Most bellows membranes are manufactured from stainless steel and are made up of a series of convolutions manufactured to withstand the pressure of the system but also must be suitable to accept the movements for which they are designed. The bellows membrane comprises of a series of convolutions designed to withstand the internal pressures of the system, but at the same time flexible enough to accept axial, lateral and angular deflections.

The joint needs to be a highly resistant nature so it’s necessary to make sure that it’s far thicker than you’d expect. In turn, this slows down any effects of potential corrosion as although it may be affected by the elements over time, it will still retain its density.

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