Approvals from ABS, BV, DNV, Korean Register and Lloyd’s Register add to previous GL approval
Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe-joining systems, has received type approvals from American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Bureau Veritas (BV), Det Norske Veritas (DNV), Korean Register and Lloyd’s Register for Vic-Press, a flame-free press system for joining small-diameter stainless steel pipe. With these new approvals, more shipbuilders will be able to take advantage of Vic-Press as a means of joining stainless steel pipe in new-vessel construction, retrofit and repair operations. The system is approved for use in class III piping systems for marine and offshore applications.
According to Victaulic, Vic-Press creates rigid, permanent, leak-tight joints in seconds. Pipe is cut to length and deburred, marked for visual verification of full insertion, then inserted into a coupling or fitting. A handheld pressing tool is used to compress the coupling/fitting onto the pipe-end. Patent-pending press-detection technology enables the installer to identify unpressed joints as the system is filled and tested. There is no flame, arc or cutting oil and little preparation time required for installation for welding, threading and flanging.
The Vic-Press system works with Schedule 10S Type 316 stainless steel pipe. A standard size, Schedule 10S pipe is readily available off-the-shelf and offers greater strength and durability than light-wall tube.
The approved Vic-Press product range includes couplings, tees, elbows, reducers, end caps and adapters in sizes ranging from 0.5-2 inches (15-50 millimeters), with a maximum pressure rating of 232 psi (16 bar). Gasket materials are available in HNBR, EPDM and fluoroelastomer (BV and DNV only), with maximum temperature ratings as follows:
•HNBR: -20 to 210 degrees Fahrenheit (-29 to 98 degrees Celsius)
•EPDM: -30 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit (-34 to 121 degrees Celsius)
•Fluoroelastomer: 20 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 to 149 degrees Celsius)
The new type approvals are valid through the following dates:
•ABS: November 25, 2018
•BV: October 30, 2018
•DNV: June 30, 2018
•Korean Register: November 4, 2018
•Lloyd’s Register: August 29, 2018
Vic-Press also has type approval from Germanischer Lloyd, valid through August 1, 2018.