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Big Ton Spring Support Designed for a Maximum Load of 93,000 lb. for a Chemical Plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

November 29th, 2010 No comments

Big Ton Spring Support Designed for a Maximum Load of 93,000 lb. for a Chemical Plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

This big ton spring support measures 40″ length x 36″ width x 43″ height. It is composed of a carbon steel frame, neoprene coated spring steel coils, and has a hot-dipped galvanize finish. It also includes a guided load table to ensure stability when supporting the maximum load of 93,000 lb. Standard load and travel tests were performed prior to shipping.

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Big Ton Springs with a Custom 3-Coat Paint System

May 18th, 2010 No comments
Big Ton Springs with a Custom 3-Coat Paint System

Big Ton Springs with a Custom 3-Coat Paint System

PT&P fabricated big ton spring supports for an expedited delivery of six weeks from conceptual design to final delivery. The big tons measure 26″ long x 26″ deep x 34-5/8″ tall and will be used to support substantial vertical loads while simultaneously providing a base support structure. They are designed for operating loads of 36,000 lb. with a travel of .5625″ down.

Due to the harsh and corrosive environment, the exposed metal surfaces were finished with a three-coat urethane paint while the threaded components were cadmium plated with a blue Fluorocarbon coating. The big tons were also salt water spray tested according to ASTM B117 standards, and load tested to verify the springs’ functionality throughout the entire travel range.

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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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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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8 Foot Long Big Ton Variable Spring Assembly

May 28th, 2008 No comments

8 Foot Long Big Ton Variable Spring Assembly

8 Foot Long Big Ton Variable Spring Assembly

8 Foot Long Big Ton Variable Spring Assembly

Slideplates on Big Ton Spring Assembly

This big ton spring assembly is designed for a local area refinery, and is fabricated from carbon steel components with a painted finish. The top of the load flange has three PTFE, 25% glass filled slide plates. The base is 96″ x 18″ and the installed height is 24″. This big ton spring will be utilized to support heavy (in excess of 76,000 lb.) loads where a standard variable spring would be undersized. The big ton spring design includes an array of parallel coils within one frame to produce large load carrying capacity while maintaining the same spring rate. The assembly is designed to withstand an operating load of 76,800 lb. and has a downward travel of 0.894″.

Prior to fabrication, each of the coils were individually tested to insure correct spring rate and load capacity. After fabrication, the entire assembly was tested throughout the entire load and travel range.

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63″ x 63″ Big Ton Springs for an Oil Refinery

April 14th, 2008 No comments
63" x 63" Big Ton Springs for an Oil Refinery

63" x 63" Big Ton Springs for an Oil Refinery

The base measures 63 inches square while the top load flange measures 55 inches square. One of the springs has an overall height of 22-7/16″ and the other an overall height of 28-5/8″. Both big ton springs are custom designed and fabricated from carbon steel with a hot-dipped galvanized finish. The top of the load flange is covered by a stainless steel slide plate. These big ton springs will be used to support heavy (in excess of 100,000 lb.) loads where a standard variable spring would be undersized.

One of the big ton springs is designed with a operating load of 126,000 lb. and the other with an operating load of 225,000 lb. Prior to fabrication, all of the coils, within the frame, were individually tested to insure correct spring rate and load capacity. After the units are fabricated, the entire assembly is tested throughout the entire load/travel range.

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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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90,000 lb. Load Big Ton Springs for a Chemical Plant

April 9th, 2004 No comments

90,000 lb. Load Big Ton Springs for a Chemical Plant

90,000 lb. Load Big Ton Springs for a Chemical Plant

90,000 lb. Load Big Ton Springs for a Chemical Plant

Name Plate Indicates Hot/Cold Loads

Piping Technology and Products, Inc. manufactured four 13,500 lb. Big Tons Springs for a chemical plant in Texas. These PTP-500 Big Ton Springs have a load capacity of 60,000 to 90,000 lb. are fabricated from A-36 carbon steel. They are designed for 750°F and a downward travel range of 3/16″ to 1/4″. These 37″ x 31″ x 30″ Big Tons will be used to support certain critical equipment with thermal expansion at the chemical plant. To assure quality, load testing was performed on the big tons prior to shipping.

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116,500 lbs. Load Big Ton Springs for a Petrochemical Plant

November 8th, 2002 No comments
116,500 lbs. Load Big Ton Springs for a Petrochemical Plant

116,500 lbs. Load Big Ton Springs for a Petrochemical Plant

Piping Technology & Products, Inc. designed and manufactured 4 identical Big Ton springs for a petrochemical plant in Texas.

These 66 x 18 x 14.5 Big Ton springs are made of A-36 carbon steel and have a design suitable for temperatures up to 750 degrees F. They have a hot load capacity of 116,500 lbs and a cold load capacity of 94,500 lbs. Load tests were performed to ensure that the springs could safely sustain the specified design load. Applicable travel was ½ downward, but design travel ranges up to 6.

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Big Ton Springs Equipped with Special Rollers

August 23rd, 2002 No comments
Big Ton Springs Equipped with Special Rollers

Big Ton Springs Equipped with Special Rollers

Big Ton Springs Equipped with Special Rollers

Rollers Installed On top of the Load Flanges

Piping Technology & Products, Inc. specially designed and fabricated big ton springs equipped with special rollers to accommodate moving apparatus and support piping at a refinery in India.

The specially designed big tons were made to support loads ranging from 55,000 lbs. to 114,000 lbs with no more than 5/16″ upward movement. Its composition comprises of A-36 carbon steel, built to a maximum height of 23-5/8″.

The special rollers installed on the top of the load flange, keeps the aforementioned loads moving smoothly under all kinds of conditions. To further assure their quality, each of the big ton spring assemblies underwent load testing and afterward were hot dipped galvanized to prevent against corrosion.

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