Big Ton Spring Supports Designed for an Oil Refinery in Australia

May 29, 2018

Big Ton Spring Supports Designed for an Oil Refinery in Australia

Type: Big Ton Spring Supports
Material: A36 carbon steel | Hot-dipped Galvanized | SS Slide Plates
Design: 16,276 lb. Ld. | 0.196″ Up Travel

The big ton spring support is used for supporting large heavy units such as compressors, vessels and pumps in power and petrochemical plants. The housing and frame are fabricated from carbon steel and the spring coils are coated in neoprene. Polished stainless steel slide plates are added to the top of the load flange, which reduces the coefficient of friction to allow for lateral movement. This big ton spring support is designed to allow limited movement of 0.196″ upwards, with an operating load of 16,276 lb. This big ton spring enabled the client to reduce engineering man hours by avoiding the redesign of the piping system due to limited space requirement.

Big Ton Spring Supports Designed for a 98,250 lb. Load

July 24, 2017

Big Ton Spring Supports Designed for a 98,250 lb. Load

Type: Big Ton Spring Supports
Size: 29″ wide x 110″ long x 35″ high
Material: HDG Carbon Steel | A193 Gr. B7 Travel Stops and Load Column
Design: 98,250 lb. | 1-3/4″ Upward
Testing: Load Cell Test

This big ton spring support assembly was designed for a facility in Kansas. The assemblies are fabricated from hot-dipped galvanized carbon steel and include neoprene coated springs coils. The travel stops and load column material is A193 Gr. B7. The units measure 29″ wide x 110″ long x 35″ high and are capable of supporting loads up to 98,250 lb. while accommodating movements from 1-3/4″ upward. The big tons were tested with a load cell to insure proper operation throughout the big ton’s operating range.

Big Ton Spring Supports Designed for a Liquid Natural Gas Facility in Australia

February 7, 2017

Big Ton Spring Supports Designed for a Liquid Natural Gas Facility in Australia

Type: Big Ton Spring Supports
Size: 19-5/8″ x 19-5/8″ x 15″
Material: Hot-dipped Galvanized Carbon Steel | A193 Gr. B7
Design: Movements: 3/16 ” – 1/4″ | 16,619 lb. Load
Testing: Load Cell throughout Operating Range

These big ton spring supports were designed for a liquid natural gas (LNG) plant in Australia. They were selected because the application required supporting heavy loads as the supported equipment undergoes thermal expansion during operation. The assemblies are fabricated from hot-dipped galvanized carbon steel. The travel stop rods and nuts material is A193 Gr. B7. The units measure 19-5/8″ x 19-5/8″ x 15″ and are capable of supporting loads up to 13,619 lb. while accommodating movements from 3/16″ to 1/4″. The big tons were tested with a load cell to insure proper operation throughout the big ton’s operating range.

Big Ton Spring Supports Designed for Propane Dehydrogenation Facility

June 27, 2016

Big Ton Spring Supports Designed for Propane De-Hydrogenation Facility

PT&P custom designed big ton spring supports for a propane dehydrogenation facility in Texas. The components within these assemblies include the spring housing, load columns, travel stops, spring coils and lifting lugs. While both assemblies measure 42” x 24” x 26-1/2”, they were each modified based on independent specifications for operating loads and movement. The first will accommodate a load of 94,261 lb. and 0.085” of movement, while the second will accommodate a load of 102,219 lb. with 0.08” of movement.

This type of support is ideal for applications, such as pressure vessels, that combine very heavy loads with thermal expansion because of the stability they provide. The big tons were tested in the load cell to insure proper operation throughout the entire working range of the coils.

How to Adjust the Load and Height of a Big Ton Spring Support

March 21, 2016

Big Ton Spring Supports Designed to Support a Pressure Vessel in an LNG Facility in Australia

March 18, 2016

Big Ton Spring Supports Designed to Support a Pressure Vessel in an LNG Facility in Australia

These big ton spring supports were custom designed for an LNG plant in Australia. These units were designed with PTFE, 25% glass filled slide plates, and will be used under the saddle supports of a horizontal pressure vessel. The big tons were selected due to a combination of confined space, heavy loads, and thermal expansion. The units measure 28-3/8″ x 25-3/8″ x 13” and are capable of supporting a load up to 11,488 lb while accommodating a down travel of 0.31 inches.

Big Ton Spring Supports Designed for an LNG Facility in Australia

February 8, 2016

Big Ton Spring Supports Designed for an LNG Facility in Australia

These big ton variable spring assemblies were custom designed for an LNG plant in Western Australia. They are specially designed with PTFE, 25% glass filled slide plates, and will be used under horizontal pressure vessel saddle supports. The big tons were selected due to a combination of heavy loads and thermal expansion. The units measure 30″ x 30″ and are capable of supporting a load up to 95,000 lb. with down travel of 2 to 5mm vertical.

Custom "Mini" Big Ton Spring Supports Designed for a Centrifugal Fan in an Chemical Refinery

May 26, 2013

Custom "Mini" Big Ton Spring Supports Designed for a Centrifugal Fan in an Chemical Refinery

PT&P custom designed “mini” big ton spring supports to support a large centrifugal fan at a chemical refinery in Texas. They are designed to support a total weight of 33,000 lb. within a maximum space envelope of 4″ wide x 16″ long x 8″ tall. As a result, these mini big-tons were fabricated using coils which could be placed in parallel within their respective frames. Four of the unites were comprised of four inner coils nested inside four outer coils to produce an operating load of 4,478 lb. and an overall spring rate of 2,740 lb./in. The smaller load capacity units were configured of four individual coils in parallel with an operating load of 3,735 lb. and a spring rate of 2,300 lb./in. The frame, load flange and all internal components were fabricated from carbon steel. The spring coils were fabricated from ASTM A-5160 spring steel. All supports were tested through their total working range to confirm load capacity and functionality.

Big Tons with W-Beams as Stilts

September 17, 2012

Stilts using W-Beams were added to these big ton variable assemblies in order to meet height requirements for an oil refinery in Port Arthur, TX. Entirely fabricated with carbon steel, these big tons measure 50 1/2″ – 70″ L x 18″ – 22″ W by 37″ H and are capable of supporting loads up to 113,734 lb with an upward travel range of .076″ – .816″. Permanent travel stops were later installed in order to prevent any chances of downward shift.

Big Ton Variable Spring Supports with Rollers Designed to Support a Load up to 60,000 lb.

July 2, 2012

Big Ton Variable Spring Supports with Rollers Designed to Support a Load up to 60,000 lb.

These are custom designed big ton variable spring assemblies manufactured for a chemical plant in Brazil. They are fabricated from A-36 carbon steel, with monel rods, nuts and hardware. They measure 18″ L x 26″ H x 26-1/2″ W and are capable of supporting loads up to 60,000 lb. with down travel of .52″. These big tons employ the use of rollers for adequate mobility and are painted to protect against corrosion.

600,000 lb. Load Mega Ton Spring Support with Bronzphite® Slide Plates

March 7, 2012

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.

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

November 29, 2010

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 18, 2010
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 13, 2010
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 29, 2009
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 28, 2008

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 14, 2008
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 1, 2006
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 9, 2004

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 8, 2002
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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