Curtiss-Wright Steam Testing Facility
Curtiss-Wright Electro-Mechanical Corp Steam Testing Facility is located in Summerville, S.C., at the Charleston Trade Center.
The facility houses a complex steam generating and distribution system that is able to mimic the steam generated by nuclear reactors on various nuclear-powered vessels. The system includes cooling towers, a 235-ton boiler capable of producing over 1 million BTUs, a carbon deoxidizing water treatment system, a deaerator, a feedwater pump, a cooling water pump, a treated water storage tank, a cooling water pump, a surface condenser, surface condenser ejector, and a complete interface for controlling the entire system.
In addition to constructing the 4,130-square-foot boiler room, Frampton coordinated the installation of roughly 4,000 linear feet of process piping of various materials, sizes, and pressure ratings. The resulting system is highly adaptable and capable of performing tests that require very specific pressure and flow rates.
Owner: The Keith Corporation
Architect: McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture
Type: New Construction