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CompAir, the compressed air specialist of Invensys Air Systems, supplied the three CompAir 337 Cyclon air compressors powering the special effects at the new Valhalla attraction that opened at Blackpool Leisure Beach last month. Valhalla represents a £15m investment for Blackpool Leisure Beach and is expected to carry 2,000 people per hour. The water-borne ride […]

CompAir, the compressed air specialist of Invensys Air Systems, supplied the three CompAir 337 Cyclon air compressors powering the special effects at the new Valhalla attraction that opened at Blackpool Leisure Beach last month.

Valhalla represents a £15m investment for Blackpool Leisure Beach and is expected to carry 2,000 people per hour. The water-borne ride features a multitude of special effects to provide a `multi-sensory’ ride. The reservoir for Valhalla feeds the ride with 100,000 gallons of water per minute.

Seated in a mock Viking longboat, riders will be exposed to temperatures ranging from 20 degrees C to 44 degrees C as they pass through fire, water, snow, thunder and lightning effects during the six-minute journey.

The CompAir compressors provide compressed air for several applications within Valhalla. The Frozen Wasteland section calls for snow, which is produced by blowing atomised water past a freezer nozzle to generate real snowflakes.

Two of the three rotary screw compressors will be be operated continuously throughout the ride’s opening hours. This would mean each compressor logging up around 2,200 hours of operation annually. The three compressors incorporate the company’s own designed and manufactured Cyclon profile compression element to provide high air output for minimum power consumption.

All major service components are located in one area, affording quick and simple routine maintenance.

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