HEAVY TRANSPORTATION OF A BLAST FURNACE PLATFORM

HEAVY TRANSPORTATION OF A BLAST FURNACE PLATFORM

Last winter, the Tiroltrans transportation company had to carry out transportation of a blast furnace platform, on behalf of a steel plant from Udine. The whole course was approximately 10 km long, it went through the industrial area that was closed to the traffic, during the transportation.

According to the company's report, it took four weeks to elaborate the transportation plan. It was necessary to check on the possibility of loading the goods, and while testing the course, they had to study the radius of curvature and the practicability of inclines and descents.

The evening before transportation, the platform was raised up to the height of 1300 mm by means of lift bridges. Then, it was possible to manage the structure under the load. Subsequently, the load was placed on a vehicle, and the entire loading process was finished at 10 p.m. Whereupon, the time has come to leave the territory of the enterprise. Already here, they had to face first difficulties - the passage between the depot doorway and the wall of a building in front of it required maneuvers, precise to millimetres. "Thanks to the accurate study of the curvature radius, this obstacle could be overcome quite easily," -  says Michael Trocker from Tiroltrans. However, it took one hour only to surpass these 300 metres. 
The rest of the route was done the following morning. Before starting the trip, it was necessary to demount one part of the exit gates. Once the loaded vehicle left the territory, it proceeded with the speed of a human walking, as it usually happens with exceptional transportations. In this case, it was impossible to manage in another way, due to the high centre of gravity of the load. The team of Tiroltrans had spent the whole day to finally arrive at the destination. While surpassing these 10 km, they had to demonstrate continuously their skills. 
Michael Trocker is very proud of his team's successfull work, because other companies would simply have declared impossible the transportation without even having made an attempt.