Metraflex has quite a long list of commercial HVAC system solutions, recently highlighted in their product knowledge video mini-series. Episode Ten from their mini-series is hosted by Dan Holbach, who talks in detail about the MetraPak expansion joint. Here are a few of our takeaways:
- The MetraPak is great for axial compression extension only. It will not give you any lateral or angular offsets.
- This expansion joint is ideal for high pressure, high temperature applications. It can handle 1,000 psi at 700˚F. With this high temperature, comes thermal expansion. Fortunately, this is okay because the MetraPak joint gives you 24 inches of thermal compensation.
- The MetraPak uses packing material to retain pressure. The packing is tightly compressed between the housing of the joint and the chrome-plated slip tube. When the joint is compressed, the slip tube slides into the housing of the joint and the packing material forms a tight high-pressure seal.
- The packing material will last a long time with no leaks, but eventually a leak path will develop, and that is OKAY. This is not a defect or a reason to call the factory. This joint was made for repacking without shutting the system down.
- Here are the steps to repack a packed expansion joint:
- First, close the shut-off valve so no system media can escape.
- Next, pull out the packing cylinder. It unthreads.
- Once the packing cylinder is out, you will add in the packing material, ram the packing cylinder back in, engage the threads, and tighten it down to create a tight seal.
- When the seal is tight, you can open the shut-off valves and start to slowly crank down the nut on the packing cylinder to get the packing material into the expansion joint.
- Keep packing the material in until the leak path is stopped.
- There are two types of packing material. These include a PTFE packing material and a graphite packing material. Never mix these two materials. Find out what packing material was factory-installed before repacking your joint.
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If you have any questions about Metraflex products or applications for projects, you should contact your local manufacturer’s rep.
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