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Big Ton Spring Supports with Slide Plates Designed for a Chemical Processing Plant

April 13th, 2010 No comments
Big Ton Spring Supports for a Chemical Processing Plant

Big Ton Spring Supports for a Chemical Processing Plant

A total of 18 big ton springs of various sizes were fabricated from A516 Gr. 70N carbon steel. The big tons were designed in a rectangular configuration in order to match the existing vessel saddle supports and the concrete foundation below the springs. PTFE, 25% glass filled slide plates will be welded on the load flanges to allow horizontal movement in addition to the vertical movements specified. The largest of the big ton assemblies has an operating load of 79,000 lb. with a travel of .706″ down.

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Custom Vertical Constant Hangers

April 6th, 2010 No comments
Custom Vertical Constant Hangers

Custom Vertical Constant Hangers

PT&P manufactured constant spring supports to custom dimensions of 21″ height x 13″ width x 7.5″ depth. The total travel is 7″, with an actual travel of 3.5″ in both up and down directions. The rated load is 180 lb. and they will be used to support pipe lines for a power plant in Louisiana.

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Special U-Type Constant Spring Supports

January 19th, 2010 No comments
Special U-Type Constant Spring Supports

Special U-Type Constant Spring Supports

PT&P designed a constant load support system for a fluid tank with a load of 105,000 lb. over an area of 5′ W x 20′ L. To prevent twisting of the fluid container, the support system is designed to allow for “level” vertical movement. This was achieved by using a special system composed of three U-Type constant units. Each unit employs two springs working in parallel with a common large base plate and a load flange to support the entire 5′ width of the container.

Special U-Type Constant Spring Supports

The constants will support loads of 39,000 lb., 36,000 lb., and 30,000 lb., with a total travel of 4″ in the “upwards” direction. The spring coils were coated in neoprene, and all the other major components were hot dip galvanized to inhibit corrosion. These constants were constructed primarily from carbon steel with the use of stainless steel and PTFE, 25% glass filled slide plates.

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78″ Long 200 C-Type Constant Spring Assembly for a Power Plant

January 12th, 2010 No comments
78" Long 200 C-Type Constant Spring Assembly
78" Long 200 C-Type Constant Spring Assembly

78" Long 200 C-Type Constant Spring Assembly

Each constant spring support is designed to carry a 27,200 lb. load and provide 13″ downward travel. Special spring coils are used in order to reduce the entire length of the pipe hanger assembly. The frame and all internal moving components’ geometry are optimized as well to reduce the overall size. In total, the frame and casing combination measure 78″L x 21½”W x 33¾”H. The customer requested frame modification for special lug locations.

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Variable Spring Supports for an Off-Shore Oil and Gas Refinery

January 5th, 2010 No comments
C-Type Variable Spring Support Assemblies

C-Type Variable Spring Support Assemblies

The C-Type variable spring assemblies range in overall length from 3′-2½” to 3′-5/8″, and the F-Type measures 1′-1½. The C-Type variables are designed with an operating load of 1653 lb. and a spring rate of 680 lb/in. The F-Type variable is designed with an operating load of 1511 lb. and a spring rate of 340 lb/in.

F-Type Variable Spring Support

F-Type Variable Spring Support

The variable supports will be utilized in a highly corrosive environment; therefore, Grade 316 stainless steel was used with a unique 3-coat paint system applied to the can housing.

C-Type Variable Spring Assembly

C-Type Variable Spring Assembly

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Big Ton Spring Supports with Low Friction Rollers

December 29th, 2009 No comments
Big Ton Spring Supports with Low Friction Rollers

Big Ton Spring Supports with Low Friction Rollers

PT&P fabricated several big ton spring assemblies consisting of two different models for a refinery expansion project in India. The larger model has an operating load of 25,590 lb. and a design travel of .420″ up.

Big Ton Spring Supports with Low Friction Rollers

Low Friction Rollers

The smaller model has an operating load of 12,100 lb. and a design travel of .443″ up. The big tons will be utilized to support substantial vertical loads while simultaneously providing a large platform to accommodate axial movement of the piping system across the load flange. Low friction rollers are installed to reduce the sliding friction between the load flange and the bottom section of a pipe shoe.

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5′ 7-1/2″ Tall F-Type Variable Spring Support Assemblies for an Oil Refinery in California

December 22nd, 2009 No comments
5′ 7-1/2″ Tall F-Type Variable Spring Support Assemblies

5′ 7-1/2″ Tall F-Type Variable Spring Support Assemblies

PT&P designed and fabricated F-type variables for an oil refinery in California. The variable springs are designed for an operating load of 49,771 lb. and an installed load of 43,000 lb. Two coils are used in tandem to achieve a vertical movement of 1-5/8″ downward. The variables are fabricated from hot-dipped galvanized carbon steel and are customized with an extended load column to reach an installed height of 67-1/2″. The variables for this project are the largest standard double springs offered; however, PT&P can customize to any load specification. Standard load testing was performed prior to shipment.

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Constant Spring Assemblies Custom Designed for Replacement of Failed Supports

December 15th, 2009 No comments
Constant Spring Assemblies Custom Designed for Replacement of Failed Supports

Constant Spring Assemblies Custom Designed for Replacement of Failed Supports

Constant Spring Assemblies Custom Designed for Replacement of Failed Supports

Failed Constants

This initial order included PT&P’s field services division testing and recalibrating four constant spring supports not manufactured by PT&P. A preliminary inspection of the original constants revealed deformations in the spring coil housing. This is indicative of defective coils; therefore, before any load tests were conducted, inspection windows were cut into the spring coil cover to confirm the initial hypothesis (Figure 2). Inspection of the coils revealed complete deterioration with broken and missing sections of the spring. Subsequent inspections of the remaining three assemblies illustrated similar failures. The original constants were then disassembled (Figure 3) to determine the feasibility of replacing only the coils while utilizing the original frame/cam components.

Constant Spring Assemblies Custom Designed for Replacement of Failed Supports

Failed Constants

The original spring coils were different in spring rate, length, and diameter than any standard PT&P coils; therefore, multiple coils were required to duplicate the overall function of the existing coils. Using multiple coils also required modifications to the existing frames. In an effort to expedite the overall delivery schedule, entirely new constant springs were manufactured in one week (Figure 1). The four new constants measure 53″ long, 13″ wide and 86″ tall. They have a 18-3/4″ diameter spring coil with a coil housing of 20-1/2″ diameter. The new constant assemblies are designed for an operating load of 13,332 lb., travel of 13″ upward and 2″ downward for a combined total travel of 15″. A load test throughout the total travel range was performed on each constant.

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F-Type Variable Springs with Fully Adjustable Travel Stops

August 18th, 2009 No comments

F-Type Variable Springs with Fully Adjustable Travel Stops

F-Type Variable Springs with Fully Adjustable Travel Stops

 

Piping Technology & Products, Inc. manufactured a variety of F-type variable springs with loads ranging from 526 lb. to 33723 lb. These variable springs are fabricated from a combination of carbon steel and A193-B7 CroMoly steel with A304 stainless steel slide plates. The variable springs are modified to include fully adjustable travel stops. The first purpose of the adjustable travel stops is to aid by distributing the load evenly during the installation process. The second purpose is to allow spring adjustment to any load within the operating range.

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U-Type Constants with Rollers to Reduce Friction

July 29th, 2009 No comments
U-Type Constants with Rollers to Reduce Friction

U-Type Constants with Rollers to Reduce Friction

U-Type Constants with Rollers to Reduce Friction

Rollers

This constant utilizes sealed cam follower roller bearings in place of slide plates that are generally used between the moving table and stationary frame. The rollers help to reduce the friction on the table, reduce residual loads which improve constant deviation, and help to restrict table movement in horizontal directions. These U-Type constants are fabricated from A36 carbon steel with dimensions of 28″H x 37″L x 17″W. The boxing, bolting patterns and loading table location are custom designed per customer specifications. The design also includes a graphite plate bonded to the top of the load flange to reduce the friction between the constant load flange and the saddle support above it. The supports are designed to carry 3015 lb. of piping load with an upward travel of 6″. The constants underwent standard load and travel testing before being shipped to an energy plant.

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