Rupture-resistant fluid transport and containment system

  • US 20020170610A1
  • Filed: 03/20/2001
  • Published: 11/21/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/20/2001
  • Status: Abandoned Application
First Claim
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1. A fluid transport system having an internal volume, the system resistant to rupture due to expansion of the internal volume, comprising:

  • a pipe having a length and a pipe wall, the pipe wall having an inside surface and an outside surface and two adjacent edges along the length of the pipe forming an open seam;

    a core structure connected to the inside surface of the pipe wall along the length of the pipe and having an open seam contiguous with the open seam in the pipe wall; and

    a hollow expansion channel along the length of the pipe defined by the core structure, wherein the pipe has a center along the length of the pipe and the pipe wall and the core structure are expandable outwardly from the center of the pipe in the direction of the open seams, and wherein when the internal volume expands, the pipe wall and core structure expand sufficiently to accommodate the expanded volume and resist rupture of the system.

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