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Grundon Incinerator Clean


Mechanical Clean – EP Series Air Tool 




Grundon Incinerator Colnbrook 

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Job Specification

At Grundon’s incineration site residual waste and low level radioactive waste is destroyed by an onsite incinerator (see Picture 1). The incinerator has bi annual tube cleans to remove the build-up of heavy dirt, ash, and general residual waste. The incinerator has over 140 tubes, each 25ft long, but with varying tube ID’s. By removing the build-up of waste in the tubes would restore the unit back to optimum efficiency.

The Process

A TC Wilson Air driven tube cleaning system was identified as the most appropriate tool for cleaning the heavy carbon fouling due to its ability to power its cleaning attachment at 9,000 rpm. Such power and speed enables the EP series air tool to power through tough and heavy deposits such as carbon bringing the clean back to metal. 

For use with the EP series air tool, the expanding brush is a cleaning attachment that uses centrifugal force to move its brush cartridges in and out enabling it to conform to the tube wall or fouling deposit, while working the clean back to the tube wall.  The EP series air tool and expanding brush was inserted manually into every tube, turned on, and then moved through the whole tube cleaning as it is moved. 

Feedback & Results 

The TC Wilson EP Series was effective in moving the heavy carbon deposits from the tube internals and walls.

 Picture 1

Each tube was individually cleaned back to bare metal with a significant contrast between cleaned tubes and those still to be cleaned. In addition to effectively cleaning each tube, the process was fast and uncomplicated being completed to the finished standard in a matter of hours from set up through to finish.



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RICO Industrial Services Ltd, Units 3 & 4 Henry Edwards Industrial Estate,
Boraston Lane, Burford, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, WR15 8LE

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