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A pipe support is designed to transfer the load from a pipe to the supporting structures. The load includes the pipe proper’s weight, the pipe’s content, all the pipe fittings attached to the pipe, and the pipe covering such as insulation. The four main functions of a pipe support are to anchor, guide, absorb shock, and support a specified load. Pipe supports used in high or low-temperature applications may contain insulation materials. A pipe support assembly’s overall design configuration depends on the loading and operating conditions.

Supports typically help to shoulder and distribute loads across the system in a manner that allows for safe operation and helps to tie the piping system into structural elements for increased safety and support for all parts of the piping process.

The Importance of Pipe Supports

Pipe supports can distinguish between safe operation and complete systems failure—especially in emergencies or non-standard operations. A well-designed pipe support system will ensure everything remains stable if pipe loads surge, structures shift, or temperatures change drastically.

They can also help support or trigger overflows and other fail-safes to mitigate damage and return the system to normal operation as quickly as possible, with minimal risk to piping systems and staff.

Pipe supports are fabricated from various materials, including structural steel, carbon steel, stainless steel, galvanized steel, and aluminum. Most pipe supports are coated to protect against moisture and corrosion. Some methods for corrosion protection include painting, zinc coatings, hot dip galvanizing, or a combination of these.