When do you use the u-bolt to guide the pipe?

How do I figure out the length needed for a u-bolt rod?

When determining the required length of a u-bolt, one should provide a leg length which extends from the centerline of the pipe to end of the threaded portion, while still permitting a hexnut/locknut combination with full thread engagement.

How do I specify u-bolts for pipes?

In order to specify a u-bolt for pipes, you must provide the diameter of the pipe, the material, the tangent length, and either the load or thickness of the u-bolt rod.

Drawing of a Fig. 100 U-Bolt
Drawing of a Fig. 100 U-Bolt

What does long tangent mean for u-bolts?

Long tangent refers to the length of the straight leg portion of the u-bolt which specifies the height of the u-bolt.

Long Tangent U-Bolt for Refinery
Long Tangent U-Bolts