Giant Inflatables Industrial

Project Details

Fabric 1

Primary Use: Main Fabric

Fabric 2

406MY Aluminised Mylar face Glass fibre
Primary Use: Secondary Fabric

Engineer Name 1
Chris Ross

Engineer Company 1
Cs Energy

Design Name
David Abramowitch

Design Company
Giant Inflatables Industrial

Fabrication Name
Giant Inflatables Industrial

Project Manager Name
Chris Ross

Project Manager Company
CS Energy

Please describe the project specifications

Cs Energy is a large power station in Qld Australia. They required a set of inflatable plugs to seal large ductwork as part of the precipitator filter system.
This double plug and seal, safety setup was to enable safe working conditions within the system, for maintenance work in a restricted and dangerous environment, while the plant continued operation.

Large industrial inflatable “plugs” were designed and manufactured, with appropriate materials, inserted and inflated in the duct to provide the seal. The use of the inflatables avoided significant alternative mechanical engineering and ductwork modifications and associated cost

What is unique or complex about the project?

What set this project apart from any previous project, that 2 specially developed units were operating together to create a safe environment for service staff in an enclosed space.

The innovation of each component inflatable cushion was the unique composite design of the cushion, the innovative engineering of the tethering points to withstand extreme tension and deployment method.
The Composite Cushion was made from a combination of high temperate technical textile sourced from Erez, combined with an extreme temperature Blast screen to protect the bladder. The blast screen skin was also a composite of a fibre Glass mat and aluminized Mylar material applied to the hot side surface.
The engineering of the tether points had to account for the adequate spreading of a high tensile load across the skin as it deployed, instead of damaging point loading.
The deployment innovation was the manner that the unit could unfurl after being remotely inserted through a restrictive size manhole. It was then winched into position against the high-pressure airflow.

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