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Temcor Replaces Dome for Cement Plant
By Temcor
Nov 18, 2006
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GARDENA, CA -- Temcor, the world’s largest Aluminum Dome builder has just completed the construction of a 135m Temcor Aluminum Dome for the Taiwan Cement Corporation (TCC). The dome replaces a previous structure destroyed by a typhoon. The new dome is currently the world’s largest clear-span aluminum dome.

The original dome, built by another manufacturer in 1997, covered a limestone blending pile at Taiwan Cement Corporation’s Ho-Ping Cement Plant. In July of 2005, the dome was destroyed by a seasonal typhoon. Temcor, a company which has bulk storage domes in place throughout Asia and the world, was awarded the contract in January 2006 to replace the failed dome, with a very important caveat: the limestone handling system needed to stay partially in service during the construction of the new dome.

Temcor designed, engineered and manufactured the dome in the U.S. and shipped it, ready-to-assemble, to the cement plant. In the meantime, TCC modified the existing support walls in preparation for the new dome.

To accommodate this requirement, Temcor developed a custom erection system to install the dome while the plant continued to operate. Temcor modified its unique Center Tower Erection method, where the erection tower is built up and used to assemble the dome from the center, out. As each strut ring is complete, the tower raises the dome to allow workers to continue on the next ring while working safely at ground level.

At Ho-Ping, a 30m high temporary steel frame was built around the stacking equipment’s center column to just above the incoming conveyor, to which Temcor mounted their traditional center tower for a total tower height of 84m. to facilitate the dome’s erection, the plant’s reclaimer system was moved to the side, and a diversion chute was implemented to divert the incoming limestone from the conveyor to the underground reclaim tunnel’s conveyor.

The dome design includes 18 skylights, two truck doors and three gravity vents.

Construction began in late June and will be completed in less than 20 weeks – even though the bulk of the work was done during typhoon season. Temcor took extra protective measures to ensure that construction could progress uninterrupted. And while several typhoons came through the area during construction, none hit the plant directly.

The new dome at Ho-Ping is made entirely of aluminum and will continue to be maintenance- and corrosion-free for years to come. It was designed to withstand wind speeds of 65m/s, 3-second average.

The project for TCC is illustrative of the advantages of a Temcor Aluminum Dome: Their designs are flexible enough to accommodate virtually any requirement; the domes are inherently strong, yet lightweight and cost effective; erection times are relatively short, with smaller crews than are traditionally needed for a project of similar scope; and with Temcor as a single source for design, manufacture and construction, quality is maintained throughout the process.

Web site: http://www.temcor.com/

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