Volume 13, Issue Number 1 June  23, 2009

Contractor Installs Ductwork For Soft Drink Facility In Record Time

The job was unique because of the large amount of process piping that was installed under the ductwork, requiring the ductwork to go in first.
McDonald Air and Sheet Metal Inc., of Orlando, Fla., recently completed a challenging project on the Coca-Cola SPD facility in Apopka, Fla. One hurdle was the project’s aggressive completion schedule of just under three months. The project demanded 900 man-hours in the field and 500 man-hours in the shop. McDonald Air came through in record time.

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Nuclear Industry Revival Reaps $18.5 Billion In Federal Financing

In an effort to revive the U.S. nuclear industry, four power companies will split $18.5 billion in federal financing to construct nuclear reactors. It is anticipated that UniStar Nuclear Energy, NRG Energy Inc., Scana Corp. and Southern Co. will share a set of loan guarantees from the Energy Department. Construction on new reactors could begin as soon as 2011, with the plants starting operation by 2015 or 2016.

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Stay On Top Of Nuclear Power Opportunities

Track rapidly changing developments in the growing nuclear power industry by frequently checking the Nuclear Power Deployment Scorecard.

The Department of Energy (DOE) relies on this tool to provide an up-to-date summary of key occurrences in the nuclear power industry, communicate the status of each license application, and publish various federal financial incentives that may be available for nuclear power. The online version is the most-timely version and a printed brochure is distributed monthly to key policymakers at the White House, DOE, and Treasury Department.

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Most-Asked Technical Questions Regarding SMACNA’s “Round Industrial Duct Construction Standard”

The following is one of many frequently asked questions of SMACNA’s Technical Resources Department regarding content in SMACNA’s “Round Industrial Duct Construction Standard,” 2nd ed., 1999, an American National Standard.

Question: I have an existing 120" diameter by 12-gage, galvanized steel duct, with stiffeners at 96" OC wanting to serve a -10" WC system. While the D/t (diameter divided by thickness) ratio in this case exceeds the 800 criteria of page 4-6, equation 4-14 results in Pn = -16" WC which appears well in excess of the design pressure (-10" WC) for the application.

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ITI Industrial And Welding Instructor Training Program Available In July

The International Training Institute (ITI) is preparing for its third year of Industrial Instructor Training in Las Vegas this July. The one-week program is divided into two levels: Industrial One and Industrial Two, which will run concurrently.

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