Seismic restrained isolator: The seismic spring mounts consist of a metallic housing that restricts the vertical and horizontal movement of the supported equipment during a seismic impact. The neoprene elastomer element is fitted in series with the spring coil. It prevents the metal short circuiting between the supporting member and housing. The seismic vibration isolators are designed to withstand forces of 1G magnitude along the horizontal and vertical planes without any yield or failure. The seismic vibration damping mounts function normally as vibration isolators under normal operating conditions.
The features of the seismic spring isolator can be summarized as:
- Restraint along all major axis with physical limits in the vertical direction
- Free height and operating height are fixed
- Adequate rust protection for steel parts and spring coils
- Easy replacement of spring coils in the field
Seismic spring mounts: The floor mounted seismic spring dampers are used for indoor and outdoor equipment isolation. The welded housings in the seismic spring mount for
deflection, limit the lateral and vertical movement. The typical use of seismic spring isolators is for cooling towers, chillers, air handling units, and base-mounted fans. The seismic spring is epoxy powder coated while the steel parts are hot dip galvanized for a long service life. The seismic brackets are also used along with other seismic restraint products for better results.
Spring isolation hangers: The vibration hangers are housed in a stamped or welded hanger bracket. The color coded coil spring indicates the load and deflection characteristics of the spring hangers. The metal to metal contact is prevented by the use of a molded fiberglass insert or an elastomer element. The spring in the sound isolation hangers has lateral spring stiffness equal to the rated vertical stiffness. The spring hanger allows for support rod misalignment through a 30-degree arc. The vibration hanger is suitable for isolation of low speed suspended mechanical equipment like fans and pumps etc.
Piping spring hangers: The anti-vibration hanger is recommended for use around critically quiet areas for the isolation of vibration and noise produced by suspended piping and
ductwork. The pipe support and hangers prevent the vibrations from getting transmitted to the supporting structure. The sound isolation hanger’s rubber absorbs the high-frequency vibrations while the spring takes care of the low-frequency vibrations. The spring hanger extensions and spring brackets are used in tandem with the pipe spring hangers for ease of installation and improving the performance of the isolation system. The swing hangers with spring link are used in the application where the fluid temperature causes the thermal expansion of the piping.
Andre HVAC International Inc. has been providing solutions to builders and designers for adequate seismic protection since it came into existence in 2003. It also has a wide range of products in the spring hanger pipe support and spring ceiling hanger segment used for acoustic isolation in buildings. AHI provides the support to the customers in the selection of the anti-vibration hangers and other seismic restrained isolators.