Feasibility Study of Semi-Automatic Pipe Handling System and Fabrication Facility
AVONDALE SHIPYARDS INC NEW ORLEANS LA
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The primary objective of this study is to design a cost effective and semi-automatic method of fabricating pipe which will reduce the labor, material handling, storage space and required fabrication area. Such a facility for the shipbuilding industry must be designed to handle 1.5-inch through 24-inch diameter pipe and all ASTM Class and MIL-SPECS, and Schedules and alloys of pipe used in shipboard systems. The facility must be versatile and equipped to handle repair jobs and specialty items, as well as new vessel piping systems. Our technical approach to this project fulfilled the stated objectives of the National Shipbuilding Research Program as established under the Merchant Marine Act of 1970. We have determined that a functional semi-automated Pipe Shop is feasible.
- Marine Engineering
- Pumps, Filters, Pipes, Tubing, Fittings and Valves