The Space Propulsion Research Facility (B-2) at NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky is designed to test rocket engines and upper stage launch vehicles with up to 890,000 N force (200,000 lb force). The facility features NASA’s third largest vacuum chamber, which is capable of simulating the environmental conditions of outer space – extreme temperatures, solar exposure, air pressure, and more.
As part of their refurbishment program, NASA modernized the test chamber and its major support systems. The scope of this project was to remove, refurbish, and re-install the three 125 ft. long, 1,000 hp process water pumps that supply the test chamber with cooling water for engine testing. The Ruhlin Company teamed with Tesar Industrial Contractors to remove the pumps and ship them to an outside facility, where they were repaired. Once the pumps were restored, they returned to the Plum Brook Station, and the Ruhlin/Tesar Team completed alignment and re-installation.
NASA / Sierra Lobo, Inc.