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Spirax Sarco has played a key role in breaking the land-speed record by providing engineering advice and high-performance valves.

Spirax Sarco was involved with the project from its earliest stages, providing control valves and positioners for steam turbine and boiler prototype testing.

These tests revealed that the boiler design had a power output too low to enable the car to reach record-breaking speeds.

Spirax Sarco identified the problem as insufficient heat transfer area within the boiler and helped to redesign the units.

The car itself was fitted with two control valve and positioner sets, one for controlled venting of steam during boiler start up and the second to control the flow of superheated steam to the turbine – in effect acting as the car’s ‘accelerator’.

‘Spirax Sarco expertise was crucial in the technical design and testing of the car,’ said Matt Candy, the team’s project manager.

‘The company’s input ensured the car had the power and performance capabilities we needed, while the components they provided worked very well,’ he added.

The two C-Series valves used in the car were selected for their high performance and reliability under extreme conditions.

The British team broke its first record by achieving an average speed of 139.843mph on two runs over a measured mile.

The second record was set for a measured kilometre – achieving an average speed of 148.308mph on two runs, with a peak speed of 159mph.

Spirax Sarco benefits built on knowledge. Spirax Sarco has all the products, services and expertise needed to make the best investments in building and maintaining a steam or industrial fluid plant.

A complete and flexible range of services is available to cover any need from supplying an individual steam trap, to a complete new plant and everything in between. Spirax Sarco Services can help identify, improve and sustain steam system efficiency at every point in the steam and condensate loop.

In addition, custom-built solutions can be created to take a project from design and build to commissioning, support and scheduled maintenance on time and on budget. Pioneers in steam, Spirax Sarco has developed longstanding relationships with customers across a wide range of industries, including hospitals; food & beverage; pharmaceutical; oil and petrochemical; and waste and waste water. Forward thinking to keep you one step ahead As the market leader in steam systems, Spirax Sarco has the market presence and resources to keep abreast of the latest legislative and technological developments.

At the forefront of training Well-trained personnel are essential to achieving the best plant performance.

Spirax Sarco can provide all the training that your staff requires, either on-site or at the Cheltenham-based training centre, for nationally recognised qualifications including BTEC, City & Guilds and the Boiler Operative Accreditation Scheme (BOAS).

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