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Air Liquide Case Study

Customer: Air Liquide Inc. • Houston, TX

Air Liquide Inc., located in 80 countries, is a world leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and health. Air Liquide has more than 5,000 U.S. employees, over 200 locations including more than 140 industrial gas plants and approximately 2,000 miles of pipeline.

Challenge

Air Liquide’s hydrogen manufacturing facilities in El Segundo, California and Pasadena, Texas, are the first of their kind to be built in the United States. Each is designed to create up to 90 million cubic feet of hydrogen per day, used to supply nearby oil refineries. Air Liquide turned to FlexCom for a variety of industrial expansion joints, in sizes up to 25 feet in diameter and capable of compensating for regular steam exhaust above 1000°F.

Solution

FlexCom designed and fabricated close to 80 percent of the industrial expansion joints in Air Liquide’s hydrogen plants in El Segundo and Pasadena, including flexible fabric expansion joints and composite fabric expansion joints.

  • Flexible fabric expansion joints provided a cost effective, low maintenance solution. These fabric-only joints are relatively lightweight and easy to install. They are constructed of ChemShield®, a Teflon®-coated, high strength fiberglass cloth that is laminated to a sheet of pure Teflon, providing necessary heat tolerance.
  • Composite fabric expansion joints were built for larger outlets, measuring 25-feet by 13-feet. With the same protective features of the flexible fabric expansion joints, the composite fabric expansion joints have heavy-duty stainless steel frames for additional structural integrity.

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FlexCom’s composite fabric expansion joints tolerate heat stresses and pressure loads and provide movement compensation. Our flexible fabric expansion joints are a lightweight, economical option for low pressure and moderate heat applications.

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