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Client: Manchester University
Products: FRAMO Secondary Steel Pipe Supports, Expansion Joints, Anchors & Guides
Contractor: A&B Engineering


Stourflex were extremely proud when selected to provide its technical expertise and products to A&B Engineering on the Manchester University steam main extension. This well respected university was recently ranked 34th in the world and 7th in the UK by QS World University Rankings.

A&B Engineering has been providing high quality design and installation for over fifty years. It has an enviable reputation throughout the industry for its work carried out in many different sectors including the steam main extension at Manchester University.

The prestigious project had an extreme set of complex engineering and structual design requirements due to the concerns raised by WML Consulting (Project Structural Engineers) at the design stage. Both the main consultant Jacobs and WML needed assurances that the anchor forces that need to be contained when providing a steam thermal expansion solution would not have an adverse effect on the existing brickwork and concrete floors.

Stourflex recommendations and reports showed the forces which were generated by and needed to be contained when the expansion joints were installed.

The expansion bellows selected were the lateral (JP120) and angular (JP123) restrained types. The JP120 & JP123 restrained expansion joints are fitted with tie bars and / or hinges and therefore enables forces to be kept to a minimum.

Stourflex were also able to offer further load reductions by installing the Simotec pipe guides. This particular guide is part of the Stourflex secondary support range and reduced anchor forces by reducing the friction on the pipes & associated supports. This enabled us to engineer a Framo based anchor frame that could be fixed to a precast concrete slab instead of the floor or wall.

By using Stourflex Expansion Bellows, Framo supports and Simotec guides enabled Manchester University to receive a complete and justified solution from Stourflex meaning that the total package received was designed to best meet the site requirement and the demands of the contractor and consultant.

STOURFLEX®  provides a complete design service. This includes free technical advice, site surveys and after sales support.