DS Pipe and Steel Supply

Flex Connectors

The basic function of flexible connectors is to provide piping systems with the flexibility needed to absorb noise and vibration, compensate for thermal growth, or permit the motion of other piping elements. They are typically made from rubber, stainless steel, or other elastomers and are designed to connect two pipes or equipment while allowing for movement in multiple directions.

Vibration Absorption

Flex connectors absorb vibration and shock in piping systems, which can be caused by factors such as pumps, compressors, and machinery. By acting as a buffer between rigid piping sections, flex connectors help reduce stress on the piping and equipment, minimizing the risk of damage and extending their lifespan.

Reduce Noise and Vibration 

Flex connectors help dampen noise and vibration transmission through piping systems, improving the comfort of occupants in buildings and reducing the risk of noise-related issues in industrial settings.

Compensate for Thermal Changes

Temperature fluctuations in piping systems can cause pipes to expand and contract. Flex connectors accommodate these movements by flexing or stretching, preventing excessive stress on the piping and avoiding issues such as pipe buckling, leakage, or equipment damage.

Alignment Correction

When piping misalignment occurs due to installation tolerances or settling of the building structure, flex connectors can help correct minor alignment discrepancies. This ensures that the piping remains properly connected and supported while allowing for movement without imposing additional stress on the system.

Flex connectors are used in various applications across various industries, including HVAC systems, plumbing, water distribution, process piping, and industrial machinery. They are commonly found in piping connections to pumps, chillers, boilers, air handling units, and other equipment requiring movement and flexibility.