Series 100 Vibraflex Reinforced
Eliminate Noise & Vibration
Built with Offsets
Vibraflex reinforced rubber pipe is often
described as rubber flanged hose. The cross section is very similar to that of the
straight portion of an expansion joint starting with the tube multi-layers of tire cord,
spiral wire reinforcement or individual steel rings for very high pressures and greater
flexibility. Cover plies protect the construction and the outside surface is a tough
While hoses are not specifically designed for expansion and compression, in effect the
rubber carcass can stand some expansion and compression since none of the steel
reinforcement runs parallel to the axis. Transverse movements are dependent on the length
and rubber pipe is commonly used for misalignment problems or continuous transverse
motion. They can be built with major offsets as well.
Our Vibraflex pipe utilizes all of the materials mentioned earlier, and we specialize in
hoses for abrasive service. They may have Hypalon® liners, but more commonly pure gum
rubber stock made to thicknesses of as much as 3/4", particularly for the mining
We can match any flange or the hoses can be built with oversized cuff like slip on ends
for clamping or banding in place.
Another common variation is built in nipples for screw or welded connections. Some hoses
are just simple slip ons.
We are very proud to have manufactured hoses with arches at each end and built in nipples
as large as 72" in diameter and 8 foot long for transverse motion of plus or minus
8". These hoses were buried deep under ground to supply water systems in cities as
far removed as Bangkok.
Let us help you with these interesting applications. Diameter is never a problem and we
commonly build 10 and 12 foot lengths.
Picture 1 Series 100 flexible hose
installed in a cooling tower return line. Notice the major vertical displacement to
compensate for the misaligned piping.
Picture 2 A 40" diameter series 100 hose installed in the suction line, drawing
river water into condenser cooling service.
There are times when because of temperature
or some other reason a rubber hose will not handle the problem. Therefore, Mercer handles
a complete line of braided flexible connectors as well as stainless steel expansion
joints. If we do not manufacture the particular product that you need, we are able to
source these products throughout the United States as well as Overseas. We have filled
many applications, both here and abroad for unusual product.
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