Percentage wall reduction is the most frequently used procedure to obtain the optimal mechanical joint between a Tube and Tube Sheet.
In order to calculate this reduction we must take into account the variances between the Tube OD, Tube Wall Thickness and Tube Sheet Hole Diameter. We must also consider the differing types of materials being used for both Tubes and Tube Sheets, however as a general rule, percentage wall reduction ranges between 4% – 10%.
The table illustrates the applicable percentage tube wall reductions according to the differing materials commonly used for both Tubes and Tube Sheets.
Tube Rolling Setup Guide
The following suggestions are offered to aid in the setting up process for rolling tubes into a heat exchanger or boiler. A good start assures good end results:
1. Pick 3 to 5 tubes in the unit to be rolled and complete the formula on the page A-1. It is important that the Measurements used in the set- up are actual, never use averaged dimensions.
2. After the worksheet is nished, start setting up the torque control motor by test rolling the rst of the 5 tubes. The first test roll must be done with the airetrol or electric rolling motor set for low torque to avoid over rolling.
3. Measure the tube ID after rolling. If more expansion ls needed, increase the torque setting on the control and roll the second tube. Check the nished ID this step may have to be repeated on tube # 3. By this time, the torque setting should be correct.
Boiler Tube Installation Code
The ends of all tubes, suspension tubes, and nipples of water tube boilers and superheaters shall project through the tube sheets or headers not less than 1/4” nor more than 3/4” before flaring. Where tubes enter at an angle, the maximum limit of 3/4” shall apply only at point of least projection. The tubes shall be expanded and flared to an outside diameter of at least 1/8” greater than the diameter of the tube hole or they may be flared, rolled and welded except as provided in pwt 11.2; or rolled and seal welded without flaring provided the throat of the seal weld is not more than 3/8” and tubes are re-expanded after welding.
1. Tubes to protrude inside drum 1/4” minimum to 3/4” maximum.
2. Outside diameter of are to be 1/8” larger than tube sheet hole.
3. Tube to be rolled past back of tube sheet 1/4” to 3/8”.
Setting Condenser Expander
Setting Boiler Expander
Step Rolling (thick tube sheet)
Double Tube Sheet Application
Note! When rolling a secondary tube sheet always use „2R” type rolls. Position expander so that the roll straddles the tube sheet with the high points approx 1/8” inside front and sack of the tube sheet.