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SteelShop Ltd Makes Further Advances into the Nuclear Sector

20th April 2015

SteelShop Ltd has won further contracts to design, fabricate and install steelwork into the British nuclear industry. The latest contract consists of 3 large anti-attack gates the largest of which weighs 5 tonnes. The gates will be trial assembled in SteelShop’s 100,000 square metre production facility in Loughborough at which point the hydraulic rams and electrics will be fitted ready for full factory acceptance testing by our client. Once completed the gate structures will be partly dismantled and sent for galvanising ready for final installation on site.

The exacting standards required by the nuclear industry permits only the most highly accredited fabrication companies to work on such projects, as such work on these contracts are classified to Execution Class 3 under BS EN 1090 CE Marking regulations.

The robust gate assemblies are fabricated using box section steel with anti- climb mesh to the face of the gate frame. The large hinge details incorporate shaft and bearing housing components machined to extremely fine tolerances to achieve a true axis fit for each gate assembly. The gates are power operated using multiple hydraulic encoder controlled rams. The unique design requirements of the dynamic gate structures proved to be outside the scope of the wind code BS EN 6399 Part 2 therefore the resulting strength and deflection assessment required a bespoke design solution. Built into this unique design solution is the capability to realign the gate if any minor settlement of the foundations were to occur after installation.

Projects Director at SteelShop Ltd, Brian Armitage commented: “These ongoing projects help reaffirm SteelShop’s increasing commitment to being a leading steelwork supplier to the nuclear sector. Our involvement in complex engineering projects to world class quality standards is testament to our business and the expertise of our teams”.

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