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Big Ton Springs used in a Chemical Processing Plant

November 1st, 2006 No comments
Big Ton Springs used in a Chemical Processing Plant

Big Ton Springs used in a Chemical Processing Plant

Big Ton Springs used in a Chemical Processing Plant

Stainless Steel Slideplates on Big Tons

The limiting constraint in designing and fabricating these big ton spring supports was to maintain an overall height less than 15-3/4″ and still allow the load table to travel downward during operation. Whereas a standard PT&P size 2-190 variable springs would have been sufficient to hold the load specified, the coil alone was taller than the space available at site. For this reason, a “big ton” design was implemented which utilized six smaller coils (2-130 size) working in parallel to produce the required load-carrying capability and spring rate.

All of the frame/housing components were made from carbon steel and supplied with an HDG finish. The travel stop rods were made of A-193 Gr. B7 material and were painted red. The slide plates sitting atop the load flange were made of polished A-304 stainless steel.

Both “big ton” assemblies are 30″ wide by 30″ deep by 15-3/4″ tall. Overall spring rate is 3,600 lb/in. and each weighed approximately 1,460 pounds. The installed (cold) load = 14,800 lbs. and the operating (hot) load = 16,075 lbs. Movement from cold to hot = 0.354″ down.

Tested in the load cell to insure proper operation throughout the entire working range of the coils, the “big tons” were then set to the cold (installed) load as specified.

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Constants Designed to Customer’s Requirements

October 11th, 2006 No comments
Constants Designed to Customer's Requirements

Constants Designed to Customer's Requirements

200-U Type Constant-Custom Design
– Designed for 21,269 lb. load
– 26-1/4″ W x 80″ L x 28-1/2″ H
– 10″ upward travel
– 12″ total travel

Constants Designed to Customer's Requirements

200-U Type Constant

200-U Type Constant
– Designed for 18,273 lb. load
– 26-3/8″ W x 66″ L x 23-1/4″ H
– 0.43″ downward & 1.22″ upward travel
– 3″ total travel

Constants Designed to Customer's Requirements

100-G Type Constant

100-G Type Constant
– Load range: 15,226 lb. to 17,210 lb
– 13″ W x 87″ L x 59″ H
– 2.8″ downward travel
– 4″ total travel

Constants Designed to Customer's Requirements

200-U Type Constants

200-U Type Constant-Custom Design
– Load Range: 14,060 lb. to 18,334 lb.
– 27″ W x 84″ L x 24-5/8″ H
– Actual Travel Range: 10″ to 11″ Upward
– Total Travel Range: 12-1/2″ to 13-1/2″

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100 Type F Vertical Constant Supports

August 30th, 2006 No comments

 

100 Type F Vertical Constant Supports

100 Type F Vertical Constant Supports

These are constants known as 100 type F vertical constant supports. They support pipe from below by means of a sway strut. They are fabricated from A36 carbon steel and hot dipped galvanized to prevent rusting. The constant in the first picture maintains a constant load of 7,000 lb. while the constant in the second picture maintains a load of 9,000 lb. on the pipe throughout its 4” of total travel. They are 36” high with two gussets at the base plate to prevent the coil housing from collapsing under test loading and normal operation. Standard load and travel testing was performed on the constant to insure proper field operation.

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Variable Springs for a Project in Mexico

July 26th, 2006 No comments
Variable Springs for a Project in Mexico

Variable Springs for a Project in Mexico

Variable Springs for a Project in Mexico

Close Up of G-can

This Type G variable spring was manufactured for a Petrochemical Plant in Mexico. The Type G assembly is formed by welding two standard spring assemblies to the ends of a pair of channels. This type of assembly can accommodate unusually heavy loads, and is especially convenient for avoiding interference in spaces where headroom is limited.

Each spring assembly is loaded per the client’s specification at Piping Technology and Products manufacturing facilities. A travel stop is inserted and strapped in place to maintain the load for the assembly installation. In addition to banding the travel stops, the variables for this project required chained travel stops. The base style (F-Type) variables on this project were also required to have internal guides.

At Piping Technology and Products, Inc. we use PTP-1, PTP-2, PTP-4, PTP-6 and PTP-8 to designate the five standard coil arrangements to increase the working range of travel of variable supports.

Several types of variable supports were made for this particular project. They included Type A, Type B and Type F.

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B-Type Constants for a Power Plant in Kentucky

June 14th, 2006 No comments
B-Type Constants for a Power Plant in Kentucky

B-Type Constants for a Power Plant in Kentucky

B-Type Constants for a Power Plant in Kentucky

B-Type Constants for a Power Plant in Kentucky

These constants were fabricated from carbon steel hardware and structure. The vertical constants are used to support pipes and other equipment. They range from 4 to 6 feet and weigh between 690 lbs to 2,850 lbs. The constants have a total travel capacity of 7 to 8 . Standard load testing was completed to ensure quality and performance.

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U-Type Constants for an Oil Refinery in Taiwan

May 10th, 2006 No comments

 

U-Type Constants for an Oil Refinery in Taiwan

U-Type Constants for an Oil Refinery in Taiwan

U-Type Constants for an Oil Refinery in Taiwan

Constants in Assembly

These Figure 200 U-Type horizontal upthrust constants are designed to support piping from below. They are fabricated from carbon steel. These constants were also hot dipped galvanized and then specially painted. In addition, they are able to handle loads of up to 13,600 lbs. Each constant has a capacity of 4 total travel. They range from 55 to 62 long. Load testing and external inspections were completed to ensure the quality of these constants.

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100-B Type Constants

April 12th, 2006 No comments
100-B Type Constants

100-B Type Constants

100-B Type Constants

Two Constants

These PTP 100-B type constants were fabricated from A36 carbon steel. They are vertical constants designed to suspend from a beam to support pipes. These constants are capable of handling loads of up to 31,000 lbs. and have a total travel capacity of 3. Each measured 25 long, 13 wide, and 71 tall and weighed 1,850 lbs. Standard load and travel testing were completed to ensure the quality and performance of these constants.

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Horizontal Upthrust Constants for a Power Plant

March 8th, 2006 No comments

 

Horizontal Upthrust Constants for a Power Plant

Horizontal Upthrust Constants for a Power Plant

Horizontal Upthrust Constants for a Power Plant

Multiple Constants During Inspection

The horizontal upthrust constants (Fig. PTP200-U) were fabricated from carbon steel and chrome-moly for a Heat Recovery Steam Generator. The constants range in sizes PTP-200 size 3 to 65 and weigh from 24 lbs to 1,300 lbs. They support loads of 100 lbs to 8,100 lbs. The constants support pipes and equipment subjected to vertical movement due to thermal expansion at locations where transfer of stress to other supports or equipment can be critical. Horizontal upthrust constants are utilized in areas where horizontal travel is unacceptable. Standard testing was completed for performance and quality assurance.

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March 2006 News

March 4th, 2006 No comments

Piping Technology & Products, Inc. Performed Field Services for a Power Generating Plant in Texas

PT&P was contracted to assist in the determination of pipe support maintenance at a power plant in Texas. The constant effort support springs with loads of excess of 9,500 lbs and the variable spring supports with loads of 450 lbs were marked for needing attention.

Inspecting Variable Springs for Performance

Cleaning Variable Spring Unit

Inspecting Variable Springs for Performance

Inspecting Variable Springs for Performance

PT&P’s objectives were to:

* Evaluate the pipe supports
* Determine state of performance
* Provide a plan of action
* Train personnel on-site to perform adjustments and replacement of supports or support components
* Provide final inspection of modified supports

After Cleaning & Preparation of the Constant

After Cleaning & Preparation of the Constant

Final Assembly with Added Slide Plates

Final Assembly with Added Slide Plates

The pipe supports needing attention could not be set to the required installation position. A plan was initiated to recondition some of the support components such as turnbuckles and rods. This would allow a greater range of field adjustment to the pipe supports. During a planned shut-down, PT&P Field Service Units returned to the site to modify the existing supports. The initial phase of the modifications included bracing the piping in order to isolate and lock the supports in position. Then, they were disconnected from the system and modifications to the assemblies were completed. Afterwards, the supports were reinstalled and any necessary adjustments were completed. A total of eight pipe supports were modified or adjusted.

Roller Bearing Needing Maintenance

Roller Bearing Needing Maintenance

Restored Roller Bearing

Restored Roller Bearing

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Upthrust 200-U Type Constants for an Oil Refinery

February 28th, 2006 No comments

 

Upthrust 200-U Type Constants for an Oil Refinery

Upthrust 200-U Type Constants for an Oil Refinery

Upthrust 200-U Type Constants for an Oil Refinery

Upthrust 200-U Type Constants for an Oil Refinery

The upthrust constants (PTP Fig. 200-U) were fabricated from A36 carbon steel. Weighing at 4,150 lbs each, they measure 94” long, 27” wide, and 43” tall. They support loads from 90,700 lbs to 93,000 lbs with 4” of vertical travel. In addition, they are custom designed with extra supporting points for heavier loads. They are used to support the piping system from beneath the pipeline. Upthrust constants only allow for vertical travel and are used where horizontal travel is unacceptable. Standard load and travel testing was completed to assure quality and performance.

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