ChelPipe Group First Issued Stainless Bends for Nuclear Power Plants
The plant "Pipeline Bends" (PB) (part of the ChelPipe Group) has mastered the production of a new type of product for the nuclear power industry. For the first time, PB produced hot-bent bends of 219 mm in diameter and a wall thickness of 11 mm made of stainless steel. In May, a batch of 18 bends, which will be used in the construction of the Belarusian NPP, was delivered to the customer.
–The fulfillment of the responsible orders for the nuclear power industry is the confirmation of the highest quality of the products of the white metallurgists. We are grateful to our colleagues for the confidence they have showed us, "said Kirill Nikitin, ChelPipe Group's technical director. - The launch of this novelty opens up promising prospects for the ChelPipe Group. We intend to expand the range of products and increase the supply of stainless steel bends.
To fulfill the order, the white metallurgists carried out extensive preparatory work. New heating modes for the billet were mastered (under normal bending conditions, stainless steel is covered by cracks due to chemical characteristics), a program for chamfering for CNC machines has been developed to provide the necessary geometric parameters. Specialists of the plant were trained and certified, confirming that their qualification allows producing products for the nuclear industry.
The entire released party was examined by the specialized organization of the VPO ZAES (part of Rosenergoatom). The inspectors highly appreciated the quality of the bends of the plant "SOT", approving their compliance with the regulations regular in nuclear energy.
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ChelPipe Group is one of the leading industrial groups of the metallurgical complex of Russia. Following the results of 2017, the company’s share in the aggregate shipments of Russian pipe manufacturers was 17.5%. ChelPipe Group comprises black metallurgy enterprises and companies: Chelyabinsk Pipe Rolling Plant, Pervouralsk New Pipe Plant, a warehouse complex that realizes tubular goods in regions, META, a company engaged in the preparation and processing of scrap metal; main equipment production enterprises SOT, ETERNO, MSA (the Czech Republic); Rimera Group of Companies represents the oil and service business.