HOW AUGUSTA FIBERGLASS MET ONE CUSTOMER’S NEED FOR DUCT UNDER DIFFICULT CONDITIONS
This large turnkey project required Augusta Fiberglass to demolish existing metal duct and replace all of the saddles and duct work within a tightly set time frame. The replacement Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Duct would be fabricated in sections 16 to 20 feet in diameter. Fabricating the duct at the power plant site was considered, but found not to be feasible.
The first challenge in this project was to remove the deteriorated metal duct from the plant. By using a qualified subcontractor whom Augusta supervised, the existing metal duct and saddles were removed. Complicated steel replacement saddles were designed by Augusta Engineers a and fabricated by one of Augusta’s quality metal fabrication approved vendors.
Augusta Fiberglass and its Sister Companies AFC South and B&D Plastics teamed up to produce the Duct sections, elbows and expansion joints at their Blackville, SC and Ocean Springs, MISS facilities
To meet the deadline and to overcome the problems of transportation created by the size of the duct sections, Augusta Fiberglass transported the sections to the B&D privately owned dock to be loaded onto ocean going barges
Once at the dock the Duct sections were loaded onto ocean going barges for transport to the job site in Florida.
To design the duct sections and other elements, Augusta Fiberglass brought its full engineering skills into play including calculations using finite element analysis.
The quality control officers were on hand throughout the project to ensure that every section of duct, every elbow, every transition joint met each and every standard.