Design considerations for barred tee

The barred tee will be used when there is a requirement for pigging. Thus, many of its applications can be found in the pipeline or in the subsea field.

The bar plates that welded internally at the branch are to avoid the pig from changing direction or getting stuck at the branch outlet.

The design of the bar plates must be in sufficient quantity, thickness and adequately spaced to ensure the smoothness for the pig to run through the main pipe, and at the same time not affecting the flow that was meant to flow through the branch. Normal practice is to ensure that the opening in the branch pipeline after guided bars is not more than 40% of the main pipeline area.

The size of the bars in the branch connection has to be small enough not to restrict the flow but large enough to sustain the pressure of the flow.

To ensure the smoothness, the bar plates have to be a grind to suit the branch curvature. Any sharp edges, spatters and burs are required to be removed. This smoothness of the pigging process is important to protect the sensor of the pig from damage.

Barred tees(pigged tees)

Barred tees(pigged tees)

The bar plates ideally will be equally spaced.

For larger tee (size 14 inches and above), there will be a bridge plate in the middle to support the bar stiffness when getting hit by the pig.

The material of the bar plates commonly used the same as the tee material for weldability.

Standard practice is to avoid welding of guide bars directly on the high-stress concentrated areas of the extrusion neck. Bar ends must be machined to fit the branch.

Weld Repairs on Parent metal is prohibited.

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