WITH MEASURABLE RESULTS
Providing An Additional Layer Of Protection
HydraTite® (Internal Joint Seal System)
Power & Utilities
A 9’ diameter steel penstock had become separated at a riveted connection and shifting had created 1.25” of offset. The pipe was encased in concrete and within an embankment, which would complicate replacement. The repair would have to withstand a high velocity of water, approximately 9-10.5 ft per second as the pipe was part of a flowline from a hydroelectric dam.
The chosen solution was multifaceted. Grout, repair plates, epoxy, and a double-wide HydraTite Seal with 5 retaining bands would be implemented together to ensure that this repair would be permanent.
This project consisted of several steps, of which several were completed prior to HydraTech’s involvement. First, the grout was injected into the joint between the encasement and penstock. Next, two overlapping repair plates were welded over the joint. Then epoxy was applied to transition the 0.75” drop off created by the plates. Then HydraTech helped instruct and install the HydraTite seal over the plates with five retaining bands holding the rubber in place. Finally, the seal was air tested and was proven to be airtight. The HydraTite installation and air test were completed in one day.