When Will It Burst?

A series of videos challenged pros to guess how much pressure it will take to burst the tube.

When Will It Burst? Contest Introduction (this contest has ended)

This contest has ended. But please subscribe using the form on this page! Then we can notify you when we post something new. In the future, we may try bursting something that has nothing to do with standard fluid systems (because, well, it's fun to burst things). Please let us know what you suggest, via a comment at our blog.

When Will It Burst #1: Swagelok Brass Tube Fitting on Copper Tubing

This is the first in a series of videos that give you a sample of the training we provide in our in person training courses followed by a burst demonstration. In 2015, our followers also had a chance to guess at what pressure it would burst, and win a prize.

When Will It Burst #2: Seamless 316 Stainless Steel Tubing

This is the second in a series of videos that give you a sample of the training we provide in our in person training courses, followed by a burst demonstration, and gave 2015 contestants a chance to guess at what pressure it would burst. We called the videos “When Will It Burst?” because one of the highlights of our Tube Fitting Safety Seminar is the tube burst demonstration. (In the online version, contestants submitted guesses, then after 1 week, video host Jeff Hopkins posted a new video congratulating the person with the best guess and offering a new quiz.)

When Will It Burst? #3: Welded Stainless Steel Tubing

In this video, we discuss two factors that require you to derate the working pressure of tubing: elevated temperature and tubing. And show you how to use the Swagelok Tubing Data sheet to help in the derating. Then, we install welded stainless steel tubing into our burst chamber and asked online contestants to guess When Will It Burst?

In case you did not watch When Will It Burst #2, the pressure ratings of the seamless stainless steel tubing in the second burst contest are 2600 psig working pressure and 10400 psig minimum estimated burst pressure.

When Will It Burst? #4: Soft Plastic Tubing and Swagelok Tube Fittings

In When Will It Burst? #4, we reveal the winner of the third When Will It Burst? Contest. We will detail how to determine when to use Swagelok inserts with soft plastic tubing and Swagelok® tube fittings and how to select and install them. Then, we will install Swagelok LT Series Vinyl Tubing using Swagelok inserts and Swagelok tube fittings in our burst chamber, giving online contestants the pressure ratings, and asking them to guess "When Will It Burst?" The best guess will won a $100 Visa gift card!

If you did not see When Will It Burst? #3, the suggested allowable working pressure for the 1/2 stainless steel welded tubing is 2080 psig and the estimated minimum burst pressure is 8320 psig.

When Will It Burst? #5 – Rubber Hose

In this video, we discuss Swagelok PB Series Rubber Hose, push-on hose end connections and hose clamps. Then, we install Swagelok PB Series Rubber Hose into our burst chamber and ask you to guess When Will It Burst?

When Will It Burst? #6 – PTFE Hose

In this video, you will learn how Swagelok is setting new standards in hose flexibility with its newer line of PTFE hoses that feature Swagelok’s unique non-metallic fiber braiding technology that gives the PTFE core greater resistance to collapsing and kinking when being bent.

 

When Will It Burst? #7 – Four Steps to Choosing a Hose

In this video, you will learn four key steps to choosing the right hose for your fluid system.

Then, we install Swagelok X Series PTFE Hose into our burst chamber and ask you to guess When Will It Burst?

When Will It Burst? – The Outtakes

In this video, we give you a behind the scenes look at the making of When Will It Burst? followed by a fun musical montage of burst footage

About the When Will It Burst Video Series

Each year Swagelok Northern California trainers help hundreds of professionals practice installation of Swagelok products. One of the highlights of our Tube Fitting Safety Seminar is the tube burst demonstration. We do it to show that, when properly installed, Swagelok tube fittings can handle higher pressure than the tubing itself. 

We put an assembly in a clear protective chamber, then pump up the pressure way beyond what the tubing is rated to hold. We ask attendees to guess how much pressure it will take to burst the tube.

In 2015, hundreds of pros participated virtually. Every two weeks we burst tubing, hose and other items in a "When Will It Burst?" video, as we talked about Swagelok products and training. Viewers entered a guess at our website about the pressure required to make it burst. We announced the winner in the following week's video.

We called the videos “When Will It Burst?” because one of the highlights of our Tube Fitting Safety Seminar is the tube burst demonstration. In the demonstration, we install a 3/8” brass tube fitting on properly selected 3/8” copper tubing, place the assembly in our burst chamber. Then, we ask attendees to guess at what pressure the tubing will burst. And then we burst the tubing. (In the online version, contestants submitted their guesses online, and after 1 week video host Jeff Hopkins posted a new video congratulating the person with the best answer and offering a new quiz.)

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