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Solution for Removing Travel Stops in Variable Cans with Heavy Loads

May 22nd, 2012 Comments off

For spring cans capable of 40,000 lb. or greater, we recommend you use jacking bolts to remove the travel stops. Visit our visual media section to learn the Solution for Removing Travel Stops at Heavy Loads.

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

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.

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.

Stock Upthrust Constants Modified with an Auxillary Platform

January 16th, 2012 Comments off

200 U-Type Constant Spring Supports Designed for Large Spring Coils.

These 200 U-Type constant spring supports were modified to increase their installed height by adding a secondary plate and angles, which will be welded to the structural beam. The constants range in size from 25″ to 27″ in height, 52″ to 67″ in length, and 25″ in width. Their load capacities range from 10,300 lb. to 13,000 lb. with vertical movement ranging from 3″ to 4-1/2″. All constants were fabricated from A-36 carbon steel, and went through standard load and travel testing per MSS Standards prior to shipment.

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PTP-1 F-Type Variable Spring Assemblies

December 19th, 2011 Comments off

PTP-1 F-Type Variable Spring Assemblies

These PTP-1 F-Type variable spring assemblies fabricated from A-36 carbon steel, were custom designed to accommodate a height of 11-11/16″ while keeping the same spring rate. The F-Type variable is used to support the pipe from below and are typically mounted to concrete pads via anchor bolts or welded to structural steel. The variables are designed for loads up to 6,500 lb. and a total upward travel of 5/16″.

PTP-1 F-Type Variable Spring Assemblies

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U-Type Constant Springs Custom Designed for Large Travel for an Oil Refinery

September 19th, 2011 No comments

U-Type Constant Springs Custom Designed for Large Travel for an Oil Refinery

These figure 200 U-type constant springs were fabricated from A-36 carbon steel and range in size from 30-1/2″ to 41″ in height, 25″ to 31″ in width, and 68″ to 80″ in length. These are horizontal constants designed to support piping from below where the base plate is bolted directly to the top of the steel or the foundation using anchor bolts. Loads range from 9,000 lb. to 42,000 lb., and vertical movements range from 6″ to 11″. All the constants went through standard load and travel testing per MSS Standards prior to shipment.

U-Type Constant Springs Custom Designed for Large Travel for an Oil Refinery

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F-type Variable Spring Support with a Stainless Steel Wire Rope Isolator

September 6th, 2011 No comments

F-type Variable Spring Support with a Stainless Steel Wire Rope Isolator

This F-type variable spring support was customized with a wire rope isolator for a facility located in Canada. The variable spring was designed for a load of 12,000 lb. The wire rope isolator is essentially a 1.25″ diameter stainless steel rope looped eight times between two chemically conversion coated aluminum alloy retaining bars. The wire rope isolator is effective in vibration isolation and energy absorption.

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