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Mississippi River | Industrial Canal Lock

June 4, 2018

THE CUSTOMER

Over the last thirty years, Hydradyne has undertaken several mission-critical endeavors on behalf of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The New Orleans district covers the majority of southern Louisiana and extends northward to Vicksburg, MS.

The canal lock project originated in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. It began in the form of a budgetary quote on an upgrade to the canal lock opening and closing system for the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lock, commonly known as Industrial Canal Lock. The canal connects the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain and separates New Orleans East from the rest of the city of New Orleans.

Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lock

THE CHALLENGE

The old bull gear mechanism that operated the canal lock opening and closing system had been in place for over 70 years was becoming too much to maintain and was difficult to control. The system upgrade to be implemented was designed by the experts within the United States Army Corps of Engineers, USACE.

Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Dewatered
Old Bull Gear Mechanism
Old Bull Gear Mechanism 2

THE SOLUTION & RESULT

Hydradyne worked with the United States Army Corps of Engineers to build and implement the new canal lock design, replacing the old bull gear mechanism. The new system included 5 Stainless Steel Hydraulic Power Units and 5 massive Parker Hannifin 14” Bore x 183” Stroke Cylinders. A 200 gallon stainless steel reservoir and a 60HP and 30HP system are included on each of the 5 Hydradyne HPUs. The new implemented solution allows for more controllability, easier maintenance, and overall better system efficiency.

Stainless Steel Hydradyne Hydraulic Power Unit
Stainless Steel Hydradyne Hydraulic Power Unit 2
Parker Hannifin Cylinder and Multi-Axis Gimbal

Along with the canal lock project for the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lock, Hydradyne’s relationship with the United States Army Corps of Engineers has continued to grow. Hydradyne has done multiple repairs and refurbishments for flood gate structures and is currently developing and installing systems for the Bayou Beinvenue Bridge Project.

Hydradyne is grateful and proud of the projects we have worked on with the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

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