Aussie pressure test gear exported to Middle East
Australian Pump Industries has announced a major contract for supply of 500 bar hydrostatic test gear for the Middle East. Conceived, designed and built at Australian Pump Industry’s Sydney manufacturing base and headquarters, the big machines were chosen against competition from both United States and European manufacturers.
The base product, called the Raptor 18 D/HPT, offers the user capability of testing oil or water pipe lines up to 500 bar (7300 psi). The machines come with double-gauge, double-valve assemblies that enable the operator to easily read pressure losses in a wide range of applications. These include pipelines as well as important oil industry equipment that includes valves, compressors, pressure tanks and pumps.
The heart of the system is a Bertolini 500 bar triplex pump that develops 18 Lpm flow. The pump has a 316 stainless steel pump head and features stainless steel valves and solid ceramic pistons. A large capacity finned crankcase ensures cool running even in the high ambient temperatures of the Middle East.
The drive is from a 2-cylinder Kohler air-cooled diesel engine, driven through a 2:1 reduction box ensuring a totally dust-free drive line. The engine develops 26 hp at 3000 rpm to provide power for the pump.
The whole machine is encapsulated in a heavy-duty stainless steel frame mounted on four large steel wheels with pneumatic tyres. The machines are highly portable and the frames include an integrated lifting bar that enables units to be easily moved around on construction sites.
Energy chain systems are tested at speeds of up to 8 m/s over a travel of 400 metres.
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