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Publication numberUS3729797 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 1, 1973
Filing dateJun 11, 1971
Priority dateJun 11, 1971
Also published asCA963488A1
Publication numberUS 3729797 A, US 3729797A, US-A-3729797, US3729797 A, US3729797A
InventorsAmbrose A, Nelson H
Original AssigneeCombustion Eng
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Temporary support lug system on hanger tubes for erection of pressure parts
US 3729797 A
Abstract
A temporary support lug system for hanger tubes is provided by means of which tubular heat exchange members can be tied together and held in place within a steam generator before and while the necessary welding is accomplished.
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United States Patent 1 Ambrose et al.

[ TEMPORARY SUPPORT LUG SYSTEM ON HANGER TUBES FOR ERECTION OF PRESSURE PARTS Inventors: Alwin W. Ambrose, Enfield; Hersey B. Nelson, West Granby, both of Conn.

[7 3] Combustion Windsor, Conn.

Filed: June 11, 1971 Appl. No.: 152,320

Assignee: Engineering, Inc.,

US. Cl. ..29/200 P, 228/44, 269/45, 285/2i Int. Cl. ..B23k 37/04 Field of Search ..29/200 1, 200 P; 228/4, 44; 269/37, 43, 45; 285/21, 286, 416

Primary Examiner-Granville Y. Custer, Jr. Assistant Examiner-Neil Abrams Attorney-Robert L. Olson et al.

[ 5 7] ABSTRACT A temporary support lug system for hanger tubes is provided by means of which tubular heat exchange members can be tied together and held in place within a steam generator before and while the necessary welding is accomplished.

1 Claim, 3 Drawing Figures q 42 h 1 I 1 7 n i as Patented May 1, 1973 3,729,797

2 Sheets-Sheet 1 v INVENTORS ALWIN W. AMBROSE HERSEY B. NELSON ATTORNEY Patented May 1, 1973 3,729,797

2 Sheets-Sheet 2:

l i 30 '63", 23-1] I 'I I I I I n 1:. i I! I I 1' I l I 1 1' {I l I 1 1 I: II I] I I I INVENTORS ALWIN W. AMBROSE FIG 2 HERSEY a. NELSON ATTORNEY TEMPORARY SUPPORT LUG SYSTEM ON HANGER TUBES FOR ERECTION OF PRESSURE PARTS BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The invention relates to temporary support arrangements used for tieing the tubular heat exchange members in place within a steam generator, and for holding these members in aligned positions while the necessary welding is accomplished. Horizontal tubular heat exchange surface which extends downwardly into the gas passageway of a steam generator must be supported by fluid cooled members, referred to as hanger tubes. These hanger tubes are shop attached to the horizontal tubular heat exchange surface. As steam generators become larger, these heat exchange surfaces likewise grow in size, presenting construction problems. The most economical manner of presently manufacturing these heat exchangers is to fabricate sections in the shop, and assemble them in the field during erection of the steam generator. This presents problems in the field regarding the lifting of the various sections into place, and aligning and holding the sections of vertical hanger tubes while they are welded in place.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION This invention is directed to a temporary support lug system that can be used for holding tubular heat exchange members in place during erection of a steam generator, and aligning hanger tube ends while they are welded together. Collars are welded to the hanger tube ends, which can be used to support temporary jigs for the purpose of supporting the heat exchange members and aligning the hanger tube ends so that they can be welded together. The temporary jigs are made up of a pair ofdoor hinge lugs.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a sectional elevation of a rear gas pass of a typical steam generator containing horizontal tubular heat exchange surface which can be easily erected with the aid of the temporary support lug arrangements of this invention;

FIG. 2 is an enlarged elevational view of one of the support lug arrangements shown in FIG. 1; and

FIG. 3 is a sectional plan view of the support lug arrangement taken on line 3-3 of FIG. 2.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Looking now to FIG. 1 of the drawings designates the rear pass of a steam generator, containing a horizontal superheater 12. The superheater I2 is initailly constructed by hoisting panels or sections, designated as 14 and in FIG. 1, into place, and welding these sections together. The superheater 12 is supported from above by distribution header [6 by means of hanger tubes, the upper portions of which are designated 18, 22 and the lower portions 20, 24. The horizontal tubular runs are welded to the hanger tube portions in the shop, prior to being shipped to the field. During initial construction, the panels or sections 14 and 15 are lifted into place one at a time, and are held in place by means of temporary support lug arrangements 26 while the upper and lower portions of the hanger tubes are welded together.

Looking now to FIG. 2, one of the support lug arrangements is shown in more detail. Collar members 28 and 30 are welded to the hanger tubes 18 and 20, respectively, near their ends. These collars can be conveniently welded onto the hanger tube sections in the shop. A pair of semi-cylindrical members 32 and 34 are placed on opposite sides of the hanger tube. Each of these members 32, 34 have tabs 36, 38, and 40, 42, respectively, extending from their side edges. These tabs are circular in section, as can be seen in FIG. 3. The circular openings of the two tabs on each side of the tube are in alignment, and bolts 44 and 46 are inserted therethrough, forming a door hinge" type connection on the tube 18.

The bolts 44 and 46 extend downwardly through a similar door hinge" arrangement secured to tube 20. Nuts 48 and 50 can be tightened on the bolts 44 and 46, thus acting through the collars 28 and 30 to bring the two ends of tubes 18 and 20 into aligned abutment with each other. A similar support lug arrangement is used to align and bring together the ends of hanger tube sections 22 and 24, which will ultimately support the right hand side of superheater 12 (FIG. 1 The hanger tube sections can then be quickly and easily welded in place by a welder, and the support lug arrangements 26 can be removed. Another superheater section can then be lifted into place, and temporarily supported and aligned by support lug arrangements 26 while it is being welded into position.

After the permanent welds have been completed, the temporary support lug arrangements 26 can be quickly removed, either by cutting the bolts 44 and 46, or by unthreading the nuts 48 and 50. The entire assembly, with the exception of the collars 28 and 30, can then be removed. These collars, since they are of small size, and do not extend significantly in the longitudinal direction along the tube length, can remain in position on the hanger tubes after the steam generator is put into operation. Longitudinal welds on these tubes are undesirable, because of the possibility of tube craking along such welds.

An example of the size of the collars that are welded to the tubes would be a 2 k inches outer diameter collar welded to a 2 inches outer diameter tube. The collar height or thickness would be A inch. This size collar can safely be left on the hanger tubes without causing any undue stresses when the stream generator is operated with hot combustion gases passing along the outside of the tubes and superheated steam flowing inside the tubes.

By using the support arrangement of the present invention, it is not necessary to remove any welded members from tubes, which generally must be done by either cutting or grinding. Such cutting or grinding done on pressure parts, such as hanger tubes, is very time consuming and requires highly skilled labor. Thus it can be seen that the temporary support lug arrangement of the present invention results in the saving of time and money. In a unit which requires thousands of hanger tube welds, there are substantial savings.

What is claimed is:

l. A temporary support lug arrangement for positioning and holding a pair of upper and lower vertical heat exchange tubes in end-to-end alignment so that they can be welded together, said support lug arrangement including a first collar welded to the upper tube near its lower end, a second collar welded to the lower tube near its upper end, a first pair of mating semicylindrical members which together completely surround the upper tube above the first collar, each of the first semi-cylindrical members having two vertical cylindrical members attached thereto on opposite sides of the upper tube, with the openings of one being in alignment with the openings in the other, a second pair of mating semi-cylindrical members which together completely surround the lower tube beneath the second collar, each of the second semi-cylindrical members having two vertical cylindrical members attached thereto on opposite sides of the lower tube, with the openings of one being in alignment with the openings in the other, and also being in alignment with the openings of the cylindricalmembers attached to the first pair of semi-cylindrical members, first bolt means extending through all four of the cylindrical members on one side of the upper and lower tubes, second bolt means extending through all four of the cylindrical members on the other side of the upper and lower tubes, first and second nut means associated with the first and second bolt means, the inner diameter of the first and second pair of semi-cylindrical members being smaller than the outer diameter of the first and second collar means, so that tightening of the first and second nut means draws the upper and lower tubes towards each other.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification29/726, 29/272, 269/45, 285/21.1, 29/281.5
International ClassificationB23K37/053
Cooperative ClassificationB23K37/0533
European ClassificationB23K37/053E