Custom Big Ton Springs Designed for a 122,000 lb. Load for a Chemical Plant

May 20, 2019

Custom Big Ton Springs Designed for a 122,000 lb. Load for a Chemical Plant

Type: Big Ton Spring Supports
Size: 52-3/4″ L x 38-3/4″ W x 91″ H
Design: 121,916 lb. Load | 3/4″ Upwards Movement
Material: HDG Carbon Steel | Neoprene Coated Springs
Testing: Load Calibration Test | Hydro-tested

PT&P custom designed a big ton spring support for a chemical plant in Pennsylvania. The big ton will be used to support a vessel in excess of 121,916 lb. and a movement of 3/4” upwards. The dimensions for this unit are 52-3/4” L x 38-3/4” W x 91” H. The big ton spring support is designed to support large and heavy units such as compressors, vessels, and pumps in power and petrochemical plants. They are designed to allow limited movement in confined areas. By doing this, it saves the customer from having to entirely redesign the piping system and saves thousands of dollars. The big ton has an internal guide and special pedestal which was designed to meet the required height of the spring and withstand the hydro-test load. A load calibration test was performed before shipping.

Custom Designed Big Ton Spring Supports for a Propane Dehydrogenation Application in Texas

November 20, 2017

Custom Designed Big Ton Spring Supports for a Propane Dehydrogenation Application in Texas

Type: Big Ton Spring Supports
Size: 42″ x 24″ x 26 1/2″
Material: Carbon Steel
Design: 94,261 lb. Load & 0.085” Movement
Testing: Standard Load Tests

PT&P custom designed big ton spring supports for a propane dehydrogenation application at a chemical plant in Texas. The components within this assembly include the spring housing, coils, name plates, pressure plate, and load indicator. While both assemblies measure 42” L x 24” W x 26-1/2” H, it was modified based on independent specifications for operating loads and movement to accommodate a load of 94,261 lb. and 0.085” of movement. This type of support is ideal for applications, such as supporting pressure vessels that combine very heavy loads with thermal expansion because of the stability they provide. The big ton was tested in the load cell to insure proper operation throughout the entire working range of the coils.

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 Custom Designed for an LNG Facility

September 13, 2016

Big Ton Spring Supports Custom Designed for an LNG Facility

Type: Big Ton Spring Supports with PTFE Slide Plates
Size: 29-7/8″ x 29-7/8″ 16-1/2″
Material: Carbon Steel with HDG Finish | PTFE, 25% Glass Filled Slide Plate
Testing: Tested in a press connected to the load cell

PT&P custom designed big ton spring supports with PTFE slide plates for an LNG facility in Australia. The components within the spring housing include load columns, travel stops, spring coils and lifting lugs. Each assembly is designed for an operating load ranging from 16,276 lb. to 34,479 lb. and will allow for movement between 0.16″ and 0.24″. They are fabricated from hot-dipped galvanized carbon steel and measure 29-7/8″ x 29-7/8″ x 16-1/2″. The big ton spring support is ideal for applications that have very heavy loads with thermal expansion because of the stability they provide throughout the range of travel. These supports were tested in the press connected to a load cell to insure proper operation throughout the entire working range of the coils.

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.

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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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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Big Ton Springs Equipped with Special Rollers

August 23, 2002
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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Big Ton Springs Equipped with Lifting Lugs

July 12, 2002
Big Ton Springs Equipped with Lifting Lugs
Big Ton Springs Equipped with Lifting Lugs

Piping Technology & Products, Inc. specially designed and fabricated big ton springs equipped with side lifting lugs to support piping of a 102-megawatt, refinery cogeneration power plant in California.

Under typical circumstances, this type of job application would utilize variable spring hangers, but because of the restricted space, the hangers’ size would be too small to support a hot load of 19,068 lbs and cold load of 17,212 lbs. In order to satisfy both the required loads and space, PT&P engineers designed and fabricated figure 500 big ton springs equipped with side lifting lugs. The lifting lugs were attached to allow the big ton to suspend as a variable spring would in the field.

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July 2002 News

July 4, 2002

PT&P Custom Designs and Fabricates Big Ton Springs Equipped with Lifting Lugs

Big Ton Springs
Big Ton Springs

Piping Technology & Products, Inc. specially designed and fabricated big ton springs equipped with side lifting lugs to support piping of a 102-megawatt, refinery co-generation power plant in California.

Under typical circumstances, this type of job application would utilize variable spring hangers, but because of the restricted space, the hangers’ size would be too small to support a hot load of 19,068 lbs and cold load of 17,212 lbs.  In order to satisfy both the required loads and space, PT&P engineers designed and fabricated figure 500 big ton springs equipped with side lifting lugs. The lifting lugs were attached to allow the big ton to suspend as a variable spring would in the field.

The big ton springs are comprised of A-36 carbon steel and built at 13″x 23″x 9-1/2″ with a downward travel of .232″. The job was completed within two days to meet the customer’s quick turn requirements.

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Big Ton Springs With Loads Up To 450,600 Newtons

November 28, 2001
Big Ton Springs With Loads Up To 450,600 Newtons
Big Ton Springs With Loads Up To 450,600 Newtons

Piping Technology & Products, Inc. specially designed and fabricated Big Ton Variable Springs for a chemical project in Canada. The supporting beams are 30″ in length with PTFE, 25% glass filled stainless steel slide plates. The Big Ton Springs were designed with six coil springs with external guides to prevent horizontal twisting and internal guides to withstand horizontal friction forces. These units were also designed for operating loads from 260,000 to 350,000 Newtons and hydro-test loads from 300,000 to 450,600 Newtons. A total of six units were painted with a special finish specified by the client.

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Specially Designed Spring Supports Ready for Shipment to Egypt

September 8, 2000
Specially Designed Spring Supports Ready for Shipment to Egypt
Specially Designed Spring Supports Ready for Shipment to Egypt

These supports are key components for the steam generators in a thermal power plant. The coils are coated with neoprene (black) to prevent corrosion while the steel plate and tie rods are painted white. Engineers of Piping Technology & Products, Inc. designed these units to support loads of 110,000 kips.

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Specially Designed 120,000 lb Load Big-Ton Spring Supports

June 8, 1994
Specially Designed 120,000 lb Load Big-Ton Spring Supports
Specially Designed 120,000 lb Load Big-Ton Spring Supports

Pictured above are Big-Ton Spring Supports specially designed by Piping Technology & Products, Inc. These types of supports are used in supporting large and heavy units such as compressors, vessels and pumps in power and petrochemical plants. The ones below were used to support vessels in excess of 120,000 pounds. The Big-Ton Spring Support are designed to allow limited movement in confined areas. By doing this, it saves the customer from having to entirely redesign the piping system and saves thousands of dollars.

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