Retractable Bypass Conductor

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Robust, visibly inspectable, direct electrical connection between a tank shell and floating roof

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August 4 2023

LYTECH’s Retractable Bypass Conductor (RBC) provides a robust, visibly inspectable, direct electrical connection between a tank shell and floating roof, thereby eliminating the risk of voltage differences between these metal bodies. One of the most vulnerable applications that poses a serious threat from lightning is External Floating Roof Tanks (EFRT). EFRT’s are highly susceptible to lightning current created by direct and indirect strikes and pose potentially catastrophic results leading to significant loss of product, financial impact, loss of operations and human safety. Reports indicate that 30+% of EFRT fires are caused by lightning. More specifically, it is estimated that 95% of rim-seal fires are the result of lightning strikes.

To solve this industry wide problem, LYTECH has developed a solution to mitigate these devastating events. LYTECH’s Retractable Bypass Conductor (RBC) provides a robust, visibly inspectable, direct electrical connection between the tank shell and floating roof, thereby eliminating the risk of voltage differences between these metal bodies. The RBC in an integral part of our complete solution approach to oil & gas applications.

Pro/con

Zero Maintenance
Corrossion Resistant
Reliable
Enhanced Safety
Cost Effective
Limited Distribution Channels

Specification

Quality Material Robust 316 stainless steel housing, providing a highly corrosion resistant and rugged body.
Durable A specialized and durable bypass conductor with exceptionally low end-to-end resistance accomplished with a stainless-steel outer-jacket with a tinned-copper inner core.
Safety Safety stopping mechanism to mitigate tank damage and provide personnel safety.
Warranty Three (3) year standard replacement warranty with extended coverage available.
Easy Installation Easy installation with customized mounting solutions available, if needed.
Support Highly experienced engineers and project managers available for design and installation supervision, if required.

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Technology Readiness Level

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Development Technology demonstration Mature / Proven
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LYTECH provides engineered solutions that reduce risks associated with lightning strikes, as well as diminishing the problematic effects of poor grounding & earthing. Our product portfolio is continuously adding new, innovative technology and improving solutions. Our comprehensive solutions are used to solve the world’s most challenging lightning, earthing, and power quality problems. LYTECH’s team of highly experienced experts are available to help you achieve optimal protection solutions.

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