Tyco Valves & Controls has significantly expanded its testing facility at its Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA location. Originally opened in 2010 following a USD 25 million program of investment, Tyco has recently further improved the existing test boiler fleet and steam flow loop, including the addition of a new 2250psig 350 horsepower boiler.

This expansion enables Tyco to fully flow test products from any manufacturer up to pressures of 2000psig with flow requirements of over 2 million lbs per hour of saturated steam. Modularity of the facility also allows testing of straight through and angle type products with various inlet and outlet connections. The Mansfield facility offers testing resources well beyond the requirements for full-flow steam testing of equipment for the new Gen III and Gen III+ Nuclear Power reactors.

With this capability, Tyco is able to test steam service equipment for full functionality and repeatability with ease. Since the test facility can regenerate quickly, full functional tests of the latest advanced Nuclear main steam safety valve products for the new generation of Nuclear Power reactors can be tested repeatedly within minutes. In addition to tracking pressure and temperature throughout the product operational cycle, other measurements can be tracked and recorded as required for any specific test. Fundamentally, the test arrangement and measurements taken can be customized to customers’ own specific needs.