A swing spool is a removable section of piping that is used to connect two different pipes or to change the direction of flow in a piping system. Swing spools are typically made of steel or stainless steel, and they can be flanged or welded to the pipes.
Swing spool is used to change the service/operation in the plant from one system to another system without addition of new pipe spool. Same old pipe spool is used to when switchover the operation from one service to another service. Swing spool reduce the down time and cost of the of the running plant because existing piping spool is already in the plant within the same location.
Operation team must isolate that system and then take all the necessary approval from safety then do the changeover of swing spool. While doing the changeover of the swing spool operation team need new gaskets and bolts and nuts. Gasket/bolts, nuts may be damage while removing that swing spool from previous connecting line because that swing spool is operation from long time. It may damage from rust or from the wear or tear while opening the nut/bolts by mechanical forces.
How swing spools are used in piping
- To isolate a section of piping for repair or maintenance : Swing spools can be used to isolate a section of piping so that it can be worked on without affecting the
rest of the system. This is often done when a piece of equipment needs to be replaced or repaired.
- To change the direction of flow in a piping system: Swing spools can be used to change the direction of flow in a piping system. This can be useful for routing fluids to different parts of a plant or for bypassing equipment that is not working properly.
- To add or remove a piece of equipment from a piping system: Swing spools can be used to add or remove a piece of equipment from a piping system. This can be useful for upgrading equipment or for troubleshooting problems.
- To bypass a piece of equipment that is not working properly: Swing spools can be used to bypass a piece of equipment that is not working properly. This can be done to keep the rest of the system running while the equipment is being repaired.
Swing spools are typically made of steel or stainless steel. They can be flanged or welded to the pipes. The size and type of swing spool which is used depends on the specific application.
Swing spools are a versatile and convenient way to change the configuration of a piping system. Swing spools can be utilized in a variety of applications and are generally simple to install and remove. However, they can be expensive to install and they can be a potential source of leaks. The decision of whether or not to use swing spools in a piping system should be made on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the specific requirements of the application.