Floatpods are steel housings faced with a layer of elastomer on the undersides. By using an appropriate number of these units (the largest of which is 750mm in diameter) loads of thousands of tonnes can be supported, moved and precisely located. They are available in three standard sizes with nominal load capacities of 25, 75 and 150 tonnes. The floatpad (Fig 1) is an externally pressurised bearing system which uses grease as the working fluid. Pumping requirements are extremely simple and cheap, garage type air driven positive dispalcement pumps being sufficient, operable from either air ring main or air bottle. Its principal characteristics are a high load capacity with ulta-low friction; the ability to operate on a variety of surfaces with a complete absence of stiction; a low power requirement and a comparatively low cost.

  • Corporate Authors:

    IPC Industrial Press Limited

    Dorset House, Stamford Street
    London SE1 9LU,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1977-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 12
  • Serial:
    • Marine Week
    • Volume: 4
    • Issue Number: 30
    • Publisher: IPC Business Press Limited

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00168261
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Marine Week
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1978 12:00AM