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Location: Slaughter, Louisiana, United States

A semi-gruntled corporate reliability engineer trying to make ends meet while keeping my wife happy, and myself out of the asylum.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Something few have ever done.

I got to do something at work today that few people on earth can say they've ever done. I was able to climb around inside the largest Yankee dryer ever cast. It's 18' OD, 306" wide and weighs 409,000 lbs. That's one huge hamster wheel.


Anonymous Sweet Pea said...

Not allowed any pics? That sounds huge but I'm not good at picturing sizes! That must have been quite a walk!

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I imagine it drys wood chips?
Puppys Pop

8:13 PM  
Blogger 2Evil4U said...

Nope. No pics of this one. The size information is public from news articles when it was made.

It is actually a steam pressure vessel. Process is that steam enters the internals and heats the shell. Paper, (bath tissue in this case) at about 35% dryness is stuck to the outside of the shell at the 7oclock position and the heat along with the surrounding hood airflow drys the paper to about 95% dryness before it is removed at about the 5oclock position running clockwise.

8:01 AM  
Blogger 2Evil4U said...

The starngest part of the whole experience was when we were walking it around for the inspection. If you didn't concentrate on either the little bit of water on the bottom or watching the manhole going around, you'd get sick. There is no way other than your ear suddenly telling you you're no longer straight up, to determine that you're moving until you fall over. It was pretty weird.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Sweet Pea said...

Thanks for the info. It sounds rather creepy!

1:22 PM  

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