OEM - Rolls Royce

Modulift, designed and built Spreader Beams to lift the world’s most powerful gas turbine: the Rolls-­Royce MT30 turbine was installed into the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, at Babcocks Rosyyth Shipyard in Scotland. Rolls Royce viewed the lifting of the gas turbine as a “significant milestone” in the Queen Elizabeth shipbuilding programme.
  • Designed and built Spreaders to lift the world’s most powerful gas turbine
  • Design compensated for a 75/25 offset centre of gravity -  achieved a level lift using a '1 over 2' lifting rig
  • Rolls Royce commented “All went to plan without a single problem...Many thanks for Modulift’s hard work”

In order to design the Rig to lift the 50t MT30 turbines, Modulift took key information that was provided such as the centre of gravity position, and created detailed rig drawings. The aim was to achieve a level lift using 3 Spreader Beams in a ‘1 over 2’ formation, and ensuring that the Slings were vertical at each corner. This was achieved by firstly specifying custom length Struts so that the Modulift Spreader Beams were each of an exact length, and secondly by providing unequal length top Slings to take into account the COG position.

Sue Spencer, Technical Director at Modulift said

“The Gas Turbine had a 75/25 offset centre of gravity which meant that we had to design a Lifting Rig that would enable the turbine to be lifted level despite the extreme offset COG. We achieved this by designing a ‘1 over 2’ Lifting Rig that had different length top Slings so that the crane hook would be directly over the centre of gravity during the lift. It is important for loads to be lifted level particularly for installations such as this one, and it was a great success because the load was level within 0.2 degrees from horizontal. We are very pleased to have provided the Lifting Equipment for such a prestigious project”

Manufacture of the Spreader Beams was carried out to exacting standards and procedures which captured the need for all aspects of the manufacturing process to be controlled and compliant with order requirements.

Prior to painting the Spreader Beams, Modulift conducted Proof Load Testing using its purpose built Compression Test Rig. All of the Spreader Beams were individually assembled and loaded one at a time into the Compression Test Rig. The designated Proof Load was applied, (for this project the Proof Load Factor was SWL + 25%). Testing of all of the spreader beams was successfully completed without any issues and a final post-­test MPI examination verified that there were no weld defects after testing. The Drop Links for the Spreader Beams were then Proof Load Tested in Modulift’s own tensile Test Rig using the same Proof Load Factor as the Spreader Beams.

Richard Charlton of Rolls-­Royce commented “All went to plan with not a single problem. The Babcock shipyard had lots of Modulift Beams on site and assembled and rigged the Beams very easily. Many thanks for Modulift's hard work.”

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