Emerson Technology maintains “the flame”


Turin, ItalyEmerson Process Management will be at the base of the 25-m-high Olympic Flame—from ignition on February 10 and the beginning of the 20th Winter Olympic Games to the close of competition on Feb. 26. Emerson is providing the technology to ignite and maintain the iconic flame.

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Emerson designed and manufactured the natural-gas pressure-regulating system that will ignite and keep the Olympic Games’ flame burning up to 25 m high.

Emerson designed and manufactured the pressure-regulating system—equipped with piping for measuring, filtering, and regulating natural gas to six burners—that will ignite and keep the flame burning up to 25 m high throughout the games.

Emerson developed the system for Azienda Energia e Servizi, the local Turin gas company supplying the natural gas. The system, which resembles a boiler for a large building, is about 6 m long and 2 m wide, and includes inlet and outlet headers, a filtering section, a measuring line, pressure regulators, and a safety relief valve. It also includes emergency backup capability to ensure the flame burns bright even if a problem arises with the main equipment.

Emerson engineers from Bologna, Italy, installed the system in the flame tower beside the new Olympic Stadium in downtown Turin. The Olympic Flame arrives Feb. 9 in Turin, and will be used to light the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony Feb. 10. The Winter Games are expected to attract a combined television audience of over 2 billion people worldwide.

The Winter Games, which include seven sports and 15 disciplines, will draw 2,500 athletes, 650 judges and umpires, and over 1 million spectators for the 17 days of competition and ceremonies.

Richard Phelps , senior editor, Control Engineering

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