Tentec's Bolting Solutions Hold Up Modern Art

Top Quote Tentec's specialist hydraulic nuts were used on the extension at the Tate Modern in London to bolt steel structures together. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 08, 2014 - West Bromwich, West Midlands - More used to dealing with large industrial equipment and offshore oil rigs, it made a change when the design engineers at bolt tensioning specialists, Tentec were approached to help with a unique project at the Tate Modern.

    A development is underway to build a new extension to the south of the building that will transform this iconic building - the most visited modern art gallery in the world. The extension, scheduled to be opened in 2016, will create more spaces for displaying the collection, performance and installation art and learning, all allowing visitors to engage more deeply with art, as well as creating more social spaces for visitors to unwind and relax in the gallery.

    Construction is currently taking place and due to the unique design, a problem was encountered when it was discovered that the regular hexagonal nuts used to bolt the steel structures together could not be satisfactorily tightened due to restricted access. The construction company turned to Tentec to explore alternative solutions. As experts in the field of bolt tightening, highly experienced engineers at Tentec recommended the use of their hydraulic nuts that have been specifically designed where access is restricted and provide an ideal, permanent bolting solution for critical positions. With application of hydraulic pressure to the hydraulic nuts, bolt load is generated effortlessly and the user needs only to insert easily fitted shims to retain the bolt load. The hydraulic pressure is then released and an accurate bolt load is retained.

    "Although this civil engineering project was a relatively unusual application for us, we had the ideal solution." explains Mike Gethings, Managing Director at Tentec. "Our hydraulic nuts are easy to install and their use greatly improves the integrity of the joint. Following on from this project, I expect our orders in this market area to increase".

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