Bend restrictors

Balmoral bend restrictors

Bend restrictors prevent over-bending at the interface between flexible flowlines/umbilicals/cables and rigid structures by mechanically locking up.

They are normally used in static applications but, unlike bend stiffeners, only provide protection once the pipe has achieved the desired bend radius between the flexible line and rigid structures such as wellhead connections, J-tube exits, rigid pipe crossovers and PLET connections.

Accredited by Bureau Veritas to API 17L standards, BOE standard bend restrictors are manufactured in rigid structural polyurethane two piece units that are bolted together around the pipe.

Balmoral bend restrictors

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Boltless bend restrictor

Balmoral has extended its bend restrictor range to include a genuinely boltless restrictor (patent pending).

This innovation allows fitting times to be slashed, offering huge savings in offshore installation costs. In line with Balmoral’s acknowledged track record for product improvement, value has been added by taking something away.

Some existing products claim to be boltless but, in reality, none of them actually are. Balmoral’s boltless restrictor retains industry leading performance while offering significantly reduced installation times and costs.

Balmoral boltless restrictor brochure

Balmoral boltless restrictor leaflet


Rapid installation time creating significant offshore savings
Revolutionary boltless interlocking method fully utilising the material’s strength
Superior load capacity for long and short term conditions
Excellent temperature resistance, specifically important to long term creep performance
Significant multiple unit cost efficiency savings
Minimises sub-supplier risk
Materials and design methodology API 17L 1&2 compliant


Interlocking male and female mouldings
Innovative interlock system (patent pending) removes the need for fasteners
Bend restrictor lockout prevents cable/pipe over bending
Proprietary design and testing delivers long service life in extreme environments
Material fully API 17L 1&2 certified
Material is mercury and MbAOC free (REACH compliant)

Design specification

Typical cable/pipe diameters: 20-450mm
Typical bending moments: 2-120kNm
Standard minimum bend radius: 1-8m
Materials: Balmoral marine polyurethane
Design life: 35 years (or specific project requirement)

These are indicative values as bespoke designs outwith these parameters can be achieved. Please contact Balmoral for more information.

Balmoral boltless bend restrictor pair

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Design analysis

BOE restrictors are designed using ‘Orcabend’, the recognised industry standard, using the following information:

Flexible pipe OD
Minimum bend radius
Service life
Length of coverage by angle or length
Support structure details
Flexible pipe min and max internal temperatures; operation and installation
Flexible pipe min and max thermal conductivity value if pipe is heated
Min and max installation air temperature
Min and max seawater operation temperature
Installation and operation shear force
Installation and operation bending moment
Flexible pipe stiffness if not taken into consideration in the bending moment and shear force loads

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Balmoral bend restrictor design analysis
Balmoral bend restrictor design analysis

End fittings

Balmoral offers a variety of options for bend restrictor end fittings (reaction collars) where a robust design is required to provide the smooth transfer of load from the project interface to the end of the restrictor string ensuring protection is maintained at all times.
Balmoral forged reaction flange

Forged reaction flange

Using this method, Balmoral bend restrictors couple to the structure by means of a flanged (male) end fitting. Forged reaction flanges are manufactured using compliant material as a single body which is machine finished and requires no welding. They are supplied as split units and bolted together using B7M bolts.

Forged reaction flanges are coated with a standard marine grade paint system (NORSOK System 7B) and couple with the client’s end fitting. Balmoral does not supply the bolts to connect the reaction flange to the end fitting but this can be arranged if required.

PU reaction flange

PU reaction flanges are the connecting point between PU bend restrictors and the subsea termination interface; these are designed to match clients’ end fittings. The PU reaction flange design is based on the bend restrictor as both components share the neck and pin geometric sections and utilise the same material.

Balmoral forged reaction flange

PU reaction collar

Using this method, bend restrictors couple to the structure by means of a PU fitting connected to a steel flange located within the groove of the end fitting. Steel flanges are supplied in two halves with a pitch circle diameter (PCD) to match the PU end fitting.

All the options above can be supplied in Balmoral’s standard welded assembly format.

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