As part of an urban water management project, the City of Garden Grove here in Orange County, California constructed a new reservoir and water pump station. Situated in a residential area with the reservoir and pump house designed to blend in with the surroundings, the facility also serves as a public park. Shortly after this new plant was put into service, the municipality noticed that the three large Waukesha engines housed in the sound-absorbing pump house were generating excessive heat. In addition to extreme heat emanating from the exhaust stacks, the ambient temperature inside the building was reaching elevated levels and heating equipment surfaces beyond the safe-to-touch recommendations.
Our team here at Orange County Thermal Industries was called in to provide an immediate solution. Along with reducing the ambient heat within the building, we needed to eliminate the risk of workers burning themselves through contact with the high surface temperatures on the exhaust piping.
Our design engineers examined the
exhaust configuration and developed a single-piece, removable heat
blanket to wrap the piping. Using our Summus 1500 material, we cut and
assembled three heat blankets that fit this unique pipe arrangement.
Along with reducing surface temperatures, the precise fit of the thermal
blankets also served to diminish the level of noise within the building
and promote a higher degree of sound abatement for the building
With our innovative products and materials and versatile manufacturing methods, we completed the project within a one-week timeframe. Constructed to UL 723 and UL 2200 standards, our products effectively remediated the situation, and the municipality was exceptionally pleased with our performance. To learn more about this project or our thermal insulation solutions, contact us today.