This beam and column are part of a critical piece of material handling equipment. The beam forms the support for a 140 foot high tower that in turn supports material handling conveyors.
Time and lack of maintenance had degraded the structure to the point where the client had recommendations to completely remove and replace the entire structure. This would have resulted in significant cost as well as operational downtime (also a significant cost).
Working closely with the plant engineers we designed numerous other repairs that extended the life of the structure at a fraction of the remove and replace option cost.
The below pictures show one of the corroded beams and a column before the repairs. The column and base plate repair design doubled as temporary support of the column without extra shoring as well as a permanent fix to the column and gusset plates.