The Richmond ASHRAE Chapter is always dedicated to sharing and growing knowledge and relationships with several events throughout the year. These events are also important for funding scholarships and research for ASHRAE. We hope that you will join on as many events as possible. From lunch presentations, to golf outings, to formail celebrations, we hope there is an event for anyone and everyone within the industry to participate in and enjoy.
Join us at the Westwood Club for lunch and enjoy a presentation on “Designing Piping Systems for Thermal Expansion” by Jim Clauss and Keith Gettelfinger.Bios -Keith Gettelfinger has been with Metraflex over 5 years and is currently a Regional Sales Manager. Working his way up and being promoted from Account Manager, he covers a variety of duties ranging from customer support to specialty product designs. Imported from Southern Indiana, Keith has a degree in Marketing as well as a long history of mechanical experience. When not at Metraflex, he enjoys the great outdoors of downtown Chicago, exploring the city’s many neighborhoods, and sharing stories of growing up on a cattle farm.Jim Clauss has over 30 years of practical piping experience, holding positions including Technical Service, Project Engineer and Production Manager. He has been ASTM Task Group Chairman and has written and co‐written standards and codes for expansion joints, insulated pipe, pipe and fittings. He is currently Vice President for The Metraflex Company. The Metraflex Company has been providing Thermal, vibration and seismic solutions for pipes in motion since 1958.Abstract –Features of expansion joints. We will look at the pros and cons of different styles of expansion joints including the Metraloop and the various bellows type joints that are available. Installation Issues. We will look at how to properly install expansion joints and guides. We will also address common installation issues and failure analysis. Placement of expansion joints. Where to place expansion joints and when to utilize the natural flexibility of the piping.