Variable Supports Fabricated in 48 hours for an Emergency Plant Shutdown

April 13, 2021

Variable Spring Supports Fabricated in less than 48 hours for an Emergency Plant Shutdown Overseas in the Asia-Pacific Region

PT&P received a rush order this past week for variable spring supports at 4:41 pm, quite late into the workday; however, this is business as usual, our manufacturing facility in Houston, TX operates 24/7 to support our customers.

In this case, the customer facility, an olefins plant was incurring a significant loss and needed to replace the springs to resume operations as quickly as possible. The seven (7) variable springs were designed, fabricated, and shipped within 2 days. The F-type variable spring support is designed to support piping from below, directly from the foundation, concrete column, or supporting structural pipe rack steel. Adjustment is made by inserting a bar into holes in the load column and turning the load column as a jackscrew. The base plate is bolted to the case and has four holes for fastening.

As global leaders in variable spring manufacturing, we used our adaptive manufacturing processes in which the PT&P pre-fabricated component parts that make up these variables are easily assembled when orders are placed. These variables were fabricated from carbon steel and hot-dipped galvanized for corrosion protection. They are designed to support loads ranging from 713 lb. to 1668 lb. and movements of 0.148” to 0.133”. Load and travel tests, along with Q.C. inspections were performed before shipment. Variable springs are used in mills, refineries, chemical, plastics, polymer, solar, power, biochar, renewables, carbon black, LNG boilers, food, packaging, and wastewater treatment plants to support piping as it goes through its’ range of movement.

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ASME Defines Inspection Criteria for High Energy Piping

February 23, 2021

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.

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 the 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, which 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.

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.

If you need assistance, we are available 24×7 for emergencies or reach our field service team directly.

 

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Constant Spring Supports for Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG)

January 4, 2021

Custom Constant Spring Supports for Heat Recovery Steam Generators

PT&P custom-designed constant spring support assemblies for heat recovery steam generator at a combined-cycle power plant. These power plants utilize gas turbines, steam turbines, heat exchangers along with other components to make use of “exhaust waste” for a more efficient system. These 200-F Type constants were fabricated from A36 carbon steel and include a hot-dipped galvanized finish. The spring coils are formed from alloy steel and are neoprene coated. They are designed for an operating load for up to 886 lb., and up to 6″ of maximum travel. They are placed beneath the unit being supported and allow for movement in the vertical direction (up or down). The dimensions are 13″ W x 31″ L x 18-1/2″ H. Standard load and travel tests along with a quality control inspection were conducted prior to shipment.

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Compact Spring Supports Designed for a Heat Exchanger at a Large Oil Refinery

November 17, 2020

Compact Spring Supports Designed for a Heat Exchanger at a Large Oil Refinery

These compact spring supports were custom-designed to support a heat exchanger at an oil refinery. They were designed to support loads up to 12,000 lb. and a movement of 0.039”, with space limitations of 3″ in height. These compact springs are fabricated from carbon steel and utilize engineered Belleville (disc spring) washers. 25% glass-filled (PTFE) slide plates are bonded to the top of the load flange and provide a low coefficient of friction.

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Constant Spring Supports for a Leading Energy Transportation and Midstream Service Provider

October 27, 2020

Constant Spring Supports Custom-Designed for a Leading Energy Transportation and Midstream Service Provider

PT&P custom-designed constant spring support assemblies for an energy facility in Canada. These 100–E Type (layout B) constants were supplied with an extended hanger rod and fabricated from A36 carbon steel with 5160 alloy steel coil springs. They are designed for an operating load from 2,370 lb. to 9,240 lb., and movements from 1-1/2” to 8-1/4”. The dimensions are 12” W x12” L x 30” H and 14” W x 19” L x 53” H. Load and travel tests along with a quality control inspection were conducted prior to shipment.

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U-Type Constant Spring Supports with Stainless Steel Slide Plates

September 30, 2020

 U-Type Constant Spring Supports with Stainless Steel Slide Plates

PT&P custom-designed U-type constant spring supports for an oil refinery in Texas. Constants can be utilized in refineries within blocks such as hydrogenation units, naphtha desulfurization units, and fluid catalytic crackers. The spring’s frame is manufactured from A36 carbon steel and hot-dipped galvanized to protect against corrosion. For instances where there was axial and lateral movement, 240 Gr. 304 slide plates were installed on the load flanges of the constants. The constants supplied are designed for an operating load ranging from 1,085 lb. up to 17,480 lb. and horizontal travel from 2.5” to 6”. The overall dimensions range in size from 17” H x 20” W x 31” L to 28” H x 26” W x 66” L. Load and travel tests per industry standards were performed prior to shipment.

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Constant Assemblies Custom-Designed for Hot Service at a Leading Plastic Manufacturing Plant in North Carolina

August 4, 2020

Constant Assemblies Custom-Designed for Hot Service at a Leading Plastic Manufacturing Plant in North Carolina

Type: Custom-Designed Constant Spring Supports
Size: PTP-100 B-Type | 16” x 24” x 30”
Material: A36 Carbon Steel | Hot-dipped Galvanized| Epoxy Coating
Design: Load Range: 2,280 lb. to 7,143 lb. | 2″ Total Travel
Testing: Q.C. Inspection | Load and Travel Tests

PT&P custom-designed constant spring supports with assembly rods for a manufacturing company. The constants were fabricated from A36 carbon steel, hot-dipped galvanized, and painted with an epoxy coating. The assemblies are designed for an operating load ranging from 2,280 lb. to 7,143 lb. with 2” of total travel. Standard load and travel test and Q.C. inspection were completed prior to shipment to North Carolina.

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PT&P Designed and Fabricated Variable Springs for a Refinery in Texas City

July 20, 2020

PT&P Designed and Fabricated Hanger and Base-Type Variable Springs, Constant Spring Supports, and Sway Struts for a Refinery in Texas City

Type: F-Type Variable Spring Support Assemblies
Design: Operating Loads from 3000 lb. to 4000 lb.
Movement of 1”
Material: Carbon Steel
Testing: Load & Travel Test |  Q.C. Inspection

Pictured here is a Type G variable spring hanger assembly designed for an operating load up to 4000 lb. and 1” movement. This type of support assembly is formed by welding two standard spring assemblies to the ends of a pair of channels. The Type G assembly is especially adaptable for avoiding interference in spaces where the headroom is limited. The assemblies are fabricated from carbon steel and underwent spring load tests before shipment.

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Constant Spring Supports Designed for LNG Service in Louisiana

July 7, 2020

Constant Spring Supports Designed for LNG Service in Louisiana

Type: B-Type Constant Spring Supports
Size: 11-5/8 W x 41” L x 19” H to 21” W x 88” L x 38” H
Material: A36 Carbon Steel | Hot-dipped Galvanized
Design: Operating Load Range: 3,170 lb. to 48,400 lb.
Movement of 3” to 8”
Testing: Q.C. Inspection | Load and Travel Tests

PT&P manufactured B-type constant spring supports for LNG service in Louisiana. These constants are fabricated from A36 carbon steel with alloy steel 5160 spring coils. The constants are designed for an operating load range of 3,170 lb. to 48,400 lb., and movements from 3” to 8”. They range in size from 11-5/8 W x 41” L x 19” H to 21” W x 88” L x 38” H. To avoid delivery delay, a standard frame was paired with an oversized coil and coil housing. The lugs were rotated 90 degrees from the standard to allow the hanger to swing beyond +/- 4” of side-to-side swing. Standard load and travel tests were performed prior to shipment.

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F-Type Variable Spring Supports Designed for a Petrochemical Plant in Canada

May 18, 2020

F-Type Variable Spring Supports Designed for a Petrochemical Plant in Canada

Type: F-Type Variable Spring Support Assemblies
Size: Heights up to 12-3/4”
Spring Casing Diameters from 6-5/8” to 8-5/8”
Base plates from 9″x 9″ to 13-1/4” x 13-1/4″
Design: Operating Temp.: -49°F to 122°F
Operating Loads from 697 lb. to 6093 lb.
Movements of 0.04″ to 0.2”
Material: Hot-dipped Galvanized Carbon Steel
Testing: Load & Travel Test |  Q.C. Inspection

Piping Technology and Products, Inc. recently designed and manufactured F-Type variable spring supports with internal load columns for a petrochemical plant in Canada. The variables are fabricated from carbon steel that is able to accommodate low temperatures (A516-GR. 70N). The operating temperature ranges from -49°F to 122°F while supporting operating loads from 697 lb. to 6093 lb. and movements of 0.04″ to 0.2”. They are designed to accommodate installed heights up to 12-3/4”, with spring casing diameters from 6-5/8” to 8-5/8”, along with base plates from 9″x 9″ to 13-1/4” x 13-1/4″ for installing either by bolting or welding in the field. Load and travel tests, along with visual Q.C. inspections were performed before shipment.

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