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232 Variable Spring Supports for a Natural Gas Processing and Separation Plant

May 14th, 2012 Comments off

232 Variable Spring Supports for a Natural Gas Processing and Separation Plant

A total of 232 variable spring supports were custom designed for a natural gas processing and separation plant. This project included various spring sizes from PTP-1 30 C-type to PTP-4 160 F-type assemblies. The variables are fabricated from carbon steel, galvanized and coated with a special 3-coat paint system to protect against corrosive byproducts such as sulphur. The F-types include 304 stainless steel and PTFE, 25% glass filled slide plate assemblies.

232 Variable Spring Supports for a Natural Gas Processing and Separation Plant

Clamp-On Pipe Shoe Assemblies Were Custom Designed For A Gold Mine Project

April 30th, 2012 Comments off

Clamp-On Pipe Shoe Assemblies Were Custom Designed For A Gold Mine Project

These fabricated clamp-on pipe shoe assemblies were custom designed for a gold mine project in the Dominican Republic. They are composed of a clamp-on pipe shoe subassembly combined with a carbon steel pipe extension. A total of nineteen pipe shoes were fabricated for 3″, 4″ and 6″ diameter pipes. The extensions were designed at various heights to position the pipe line at the correct elevation for a sloping line. When a design includes a closed off section, PT&P’s standard is to incorporated vent holes in order to prevent moisture build-up. They are painted with a two-coat paint system to protect against corrosion and include stainless steel tags to easily identify the product code.

Pipe Shoes Designed for Main Steam Piping in a Gold Mine Project

April 16th, 2012 Comments off

Custom Designed Pipe Shoes

These custom designed pipe shoes were fabricated for main steam piping in a gold mine project. A total of forty-three pipe shoes ranging in size from 20″ to 36″ diameter were designed for temperatures up to 650°F. The shoes ranged in length from 17″ to 24″, width from 20″ to 32″ and height from 3″ to 7″. They are manufactured from carbon steel and have a two-coat paint system to protect against corrosion.

Pipe Clamp Design, Application & Installation Webinar

April 5th, 2012 Comments off

This Webinar is over… view the recording at www.pipingtech.com/webinar

** Webinar is worth 1 PDH Credit for TX Professional Engineers

pipe clamp webinar v28

This presentation will cover Pipe Clamps, including Hold-Down Clamps, Riser Clamps, Clevis Hangers, Yoke U-Bolt Clamps and Structural Supports. Learn how the appropriate type of pipe support is chosen based on the different design conditions. Find out how Finite Element Analysis is used in the design process and view the custom pipe supports designed for extreme applications.


251 Variable Furnace Springs for a Chemical Plant in Virginia

April 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Variable Furnace Springs

Close-up of Furnace Variable Spring251 variable furnace springs were designed and fabricated for fertilizer production at a chemical plant in Virginia. The furnace cans are carbon steel and painted with red-oxide primer to avoid any potential hazards where exposed to high temperatures. This project included figures: PTP-1-120, PTP-2-150, PTP-2-180, PTP-4-100 and PTP-4-200 variable furnace springs with operating loads ranging from 1,042 lb. to 15,512 lb. A load test on all variable springs was conducted prior to shipment.

Hydraulic Snubbers Designed for a Geothermal Facility

March 19th, 2012 Comments off

Hydraulic Snubbers Designed for a Geothermal Facility

Fronek Anchor/Darling Enterprises, a division of PT&P designed and fabricated hydraulic snubbers for a geothermal facility in California. The Fig. 510 AD snubbers ranged in size from 34-3/4″ to 37-5/8″ piston-to-piston and were designed for a 50,000 lb. maximum load, 5″ cylinder size and a 6″ stroke. The Fig. 511 AD snubbers ranged in size from 56-15/16″ to 59-5/16″ P-P and were designed for a 20,000 lb. maximum load, 2-1/2″ cylinder size and a 6″ stroke. Hydraulic snubbers are designed to protect the piping system when a sudden, heavy load is applied (such as an earthquake of high intensity), which can cause serious vibrations leading to complete destruction. A custom three-bolt pipe clamp fabricated from carbon steel was designed to fit in a limited space. A cycle test throughout the full stroke from zero to fully extended was performed prior to shipment.

7 Ways to Extend the Lifespan of a Hydraulic Snubber

March 9th, 2012 Comments off

Follow these 7 steps below to maintain and extend the life span of your hydraulic snubber.

Hydraulic Snubber Assemblies for a LNG Processing Facility in Peru

Hydraulic Snubber Assembly

1. Observe the fluid level to make sure there is sufficient fluid for the snubber to operate
2. Check for leaks – If the fluid level is decreasing, determine the cause and effect remedial action.
3. Check the condition of the load pins and spherical ball bushings. Apply a high pressure grease for long-term benefits.
4. Check the condition of the exposed portion of the piston rod. Check for scoring, paint or other physical damage.
5. Check the condition of the piston rod wiper. Verify that it’s in position and working effectively.
6. Check for evidence of abuse like welding arc strikes, bent or dented parts, scratched paint, etc.
7. Finally, check the overall physical appearance. This encompasses all of the above.


600,000 lb. Load Mega Ton Spring Support with Bronzphite® Slide Plates

March 7th, 2012 Comments off

600,000 lb. Load Mega Ton Spring Support with Bronzphite® Slide Plates

A total of eight big ton spring supports, “mega tons” were designed and manufactured to support two reactors in a power plant weighing approximately three million pounds each. The mega ton pictured incorporated eighteen individual spring coils to produce a load capacity of approximately 602,000 lb. and a spring rate of 112,500 lb./in. It was designed with eight Bronzphite® slide plates that measured 12″ x 12″. The 12″ x 12″ slide plate selection was based upon the ability to position individual squares across the load flange surface while simultaneously providing the total slide plate surface area required to support the operating loads.

By using individual slide plate squares, the fabrication and assembly time was reduced because a standardized mounting procedure could be incorporated and repeated as necessary for each big-ton load flange subassembly. Overall, the slide plates were incorporated into the design to reduce the horizontal forces which would be imparted onto the big-ton spring’s load flange during lateral deflection (movement) of the reactor.

600,000 lb. Load Mega Ton Spring Support with Bronzphite® Slide Plates

Bronzphite® slide plates, in particular, were selected because these big-tons will be used in a location which will see continuous “cold-to-hot” operating cycles and as a result, the robust nature of Bronzphite® proved more advantageous than other types of slide plates. The other two designs used nine slide plates, one with fifteen individual coils to produce a operating load of 594,000 lb. and a spring rate of 250,050 lb./in. The other design had an operating load of 300,000 lb. and a spring rate of 106,000 lb./in.

Variable Springs with Guided Load Columns and PTFE Lined Pipe Saddles

March 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Variable Springs with Guided Load Columns and a PTFE Lined Pipe Saddles

These F-type variable spring supports are fabricated from carbon steel with a hot dipped galvanized finish and designed with guided load columns to provide stability for minimum lateral movement. The fig. 46 pipe saddles are also fabricated from carbon steel with a HDG finish and lined with PTFE, 25% glass filled material. The pipe saddles are designed for 8″ to 36″ diameter pipe sizes, and the entire assembly is 50″ in height. These variable-saddle support assemblies are capable of supporting up to 22,300 lb. and 1″ vertical movements. We performed standard spring loading tests and a Q.C. inspection prior to shipping to an offshore oil and gas platform near Malaysia.

ASME Defines New Inspection Criteria for High Energy Pipelines

February 13th, 2012 Comments off

B31.1 Operations and Maintenance

According to ASME B31.1 Chapter VII Par. 140 a program shall be established for the assessment and documentation of the condition of all CPS (Covered Piping Systems) in power plants.

B 31.1 Operations and Maintenance

CPS Systems are defined in Chapter 1 Par 100.2, as systems on which condition assessments are to be conducted. This includes the following systems as a minimum.

NPS 4 and larger main steam, hot reheat steam, cold reheat steam, and boiler feedwater piping.

NPS 4 and larger systems that operate above 750°E (400°C or above 1,025 psi (7,100 kPa)


Other systems may be included as CPS by an Operating Company, based on their judgment. Appendix V of the code is titled ‘Recommended Practice for Operation, Maintenance, and Modification of Power Piping Systems’. This addendum is non-mandatory; however many  Power Industry operating companies’ insurance carriers are now invoking Appendix V with increasing frequency, and this is affecting conditions of their agreements with the operating companies.

Piping Technology and Products Inc. (PT&P) has for some time been performing surveys and assessments in accordance with part H of Par. 140, that requires hot and cold walk-down readings and assessment of pipe supports, operated within the creep regime of the pipe.    These assessments are helpful in identifying, sagging lines, deformation of supports, and damage caused by upset conditions, and/or incidents, attributable to operational malfunctions, dynamic/thermal or hydraulic events.

PT&P has been performing this service for many power generation companies. Preparation of documentation, retrieval and compilation of files for a CPS assessment, has just been completed for a major U.S power generation company. Ten large power plants were involved, and the original predominantly high-energy pipe support drawings, all engineered and designed by PT&P, were retrieved from PT&P archives dating back ten years.

Please feel free to contact us at david.baker@pipingtech.com and we will be happy to answer any of your technical questions about our survey capabilities, as well as any other engineering or field services that your organization may need.

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