Expansion Bellows – Non Metallic


Rubber Types

Flexible rubber joints can be manufactured from a range of Elastomer materials including: Chloro Butyl EPDM Hypalon* Natural Neoprene Nitrile (Buna-N).

The joints may consist entirely of one type of rubber or a rubber combination with one type as inner ply and a different rubber as the outer cover. The selection depends upon a variety of factors including temperature and the medium to be conveyed.


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Elastomer Common Name Chlorobutyl EPDM / EPT Hypalon Neoprene Nitrile / Buna-N Gum / Natural
Chemical Name Chloro Isobutylene Isoprene Ethylene Propylene Polymer Chlor Sulfonated Polyethylene Poly Chloroprene Butadiene Acro-Nitrile Polyisoprene
Hardness Range: Duro A 40-75 30-90 40-95 30-95 30-100 30-90
Specific Gravity of Base  0.92  0.86  1.12  1.23  0.98 0.93
 Temperature ˚C – min service – max service  -25 120  -30 150  -40 135  -25 105  -35 115  -30 85


The spherical or globe shape is four times as strong as a cylindrical one. Internal pressure exerts itself evenly in all directions within a globe and so distributes the forces evenly over larger area. The spherical design imposes thrust on pipe lines and equipment when pressurised.



The globe of the rubber joint is E.P.D.M. precision moulded. It requires little force to move and allows maximum deflection, elongation and compression. Its resiliency minimises hydraulic shock or “hammer” in any system.



An important factor in the long lasting efficiency of the rubber joint, is the use of floating steel flanges. On installation a maximum of one thread only should protrude beyond the face of the flange. This prevents possible damage to the body under operating conditions. Steel flanges gives more rigidity to the flange connection than that delivered by conventional rubber expansion joints.


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