FPT Fluid Power Technology has been involved on the ELT project for the design and manufacturing of the hydraulic bolt tensioners, HPU hydraulic power units and related hydraulic system used to tension the anchor bars of the carpentry modules. The full project is carried on with Cimolai, construction company, one of the main contractors for the building of the world’s largest telescope in the Chilean desert, project owner the European Southern Observatory (ESO).
After the tensioning operations on WR36 Dywidag bars and M27x3 threaded studs there is also the need of tensioning Macalloy bar.
The main carpentry modules that compose the bearing ring of the azimuth truck have been made integral with each other thanks to the tensioning of Macalloy bars size 75 and ensuring the tightening of the joints. The small encumbrances available, the horizontal axis arrangement of the bars and the high preload force demand have led FPT to design and develop a special two-stage and spring return hydraulic bolt tensioner to facilitate operations and to be able to fulfil to this delicate job.
Part of the scope of the supply is also bolt tensioners M42, high pressure HPU hydraulic power units, with a maximum working pressure of 1500 bar, with remote control easy to be used even at in Cerro Armazones, at an altitude of about 3046 metres in the central part of Chile’s Atacama Desert.”