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15m Lattice Tower Construction Guide
Raum Energy Inc. 3718A Millar Ave. N Saskatoon, SK S7P 0B1 PH: (306) 651-0586
Raum49L Tower Construction Guideline Rev2 Raum Energy Inc. Proprietary 2009
Before you start: Assembly of this tower will likely take approximately 5 person-hours of time. Proprietary 2009 2 .4kW wind turbine. turbine or foundation. Climbing the tower is extremely dangerous and can lead to serious injury or death. Raum Energy recommends you attach climb shields on the tower using 4’x8’ sheets of plywood (or other suitable material) cut to the tower width and attached to the tower so that the lower lattice struts cannot be accessed. In addition. DO NOT CLIMB THE TOWER. This tower was designed with the following notes and assumptions: . areas of higher wind require additional design by a structural engineer Raum Energy recommends that you consult a qualified structural engineer concerning specific requirements for your tower location. Failure to accurately follow these steps may results in damage to the tower. IMPORTANT! Read this manual entirely before you start. Raum Energy Inc.there is no seismic activity in the area . This tower has been designed to meet the loading requirements of the Raum Energy 1. By reviewing the tools required before you start construction. will not warrantee any tower installed by the customer in contradiction of these guidelines.max wind loading is designed for Saskatchewan. Tools required: Torque wrench capable of reading up to 25 ft-lbs (35 Nm) Torque wrench capable of reading up to 80 ft-lbs (108 Nm) 1/2” socket and ½” wrench 3/4” socket and 3/4" wrench Raum49L Tower Construction Guideline Rev2 Raum Energy Inc.WARNING! The tower construction guidelines contained herein is a result of careful design and consideration. The construction of the foundation for this tower must be completed before the tower is installed. Raum Energy is not liable for any damage to the Raum Energy wind turbine system or any collateral damage or injury as a result of a faulty or defective tower installation. you can ensure that you have all the tools ready before you start to ensure that the construction proceeds smoothly.
up to section 4 which connects to the mast. These 4 sections are labelled section 1 which is the nearest the ground. This part of the tower is called the mast. After the tower is connected to the foundation. Each tower section required 3 identical tubes. Below the mast are 4 tower sections. Raum49L Tower Construction Guideline Rev2 Raum Energy Inc. Before assembling the tower. The tubes are identified by a number which can be found on the inside top of the tube. separate the tower section tubes into 4 groups so that the tubes are separated according to what tower section they belong in.Introduction: The Raum Energy 50ft tower consists of five main sections. Each tower section is assembled separately and then they are all connected to each other before the tower is attached to the foundation by two hinge connections while still lying horizontally. the wind turbine is installed on the mast. At the top. NOTE: It is very important that the tubes are grouped correctly and that they are in the correct direction. Each tower section has three vertical tubes and a series of diagonal trusses that transmit wind loads to the ground. and finally. a 60mm (2 3/8”) diameter pipe connects the tower to the bottom of the turbine. the completed tower with wind turbine is lifted into a vertical position. Proprietary 2009 3 .
Make sure that they are facing the correct direction – the number 1 should be on the inside top of each tube. lay 2 tubes down on the ground beside each other. Each end of the diagonal braces is attached to the tubes through welded tabs. Place the braces such that the rounded edge of the brace is facing towards the outside of the tower.Tower Section 1 Assembly Step 1: Section 1 of the tower consists of 3 tubes that have tabs that are welded in place. Proprietary 2009 4 . There are 11 diagonal braces which on each of the three sides of the tower. To start assembly. The correct diagonal braces can be found by looking at the diagram on the right of this page. Then find 11 diagonal braces and place them between the two tubes. Raum49L Tower Construction Guideline Rev2 Raum Energy Inc.
Step 2: To attach the diagonals to the welded tabs. Raum49L Tower Construction Guideline Rev2 Raum Energy Inc. NOTE: Only fasten the nuts loosely onto the bolts for now – final tightening will be performed afterwards. Proprietary 2009 5 . use a 5/16” x 3/4” bolt as well as two washers and a nylock nut as shown below.
NOTE: After all three tubes are assembled together.Step 3: Next. Step 4: Locate and identify the three hinge components that attach to the bottom of Tower section 1. Be careful not to bend the welded tabs or the diagonal braces. Refer to the figure below to identify the three hinges. they are slightly different and they must be installed in a specific configuration. Although they may appear the same. the tower section 1 should resemble the image below. get the third tube which is part of Tower section 1 and fasten the remaining diagonal braces. This step may be easier to perform if one person holds the tube in the proper position while the second person installs the diagonal braces with 5/16” fasteners. When this step is completed. Proprietary 2009 6 . there should be no free tabs on the tubes that are not being used. Raum49L Tower Construction Guideline Rev2 Raum Energy Inc.
Tighten to 50 ft-lbs. Step 6: Fasten the hinges into the tubes with 7/16” Bolts. The center hinge then goes in the bottom of the remaining leg as shown below.Step 5: Slide the left and right hinges into the bottom of two Tower section 1 tubes so that they align and form a common axis. TIGHTENING ALL BOLTS TO PROPER TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! Raum49L Tower Construction Guideline Rev2 Raum Energy Inc. washers and nylock nuts as shown below. Proprietary 2009 7 .
The diagram to the right shows which diagonal braces are the correct ones to use for Tower section 2. Proprietary 2009 8 . The only difference to note when assembling Tower section 2 is that there are only 10 diagonal braces for Tower section 2 while there are 11 braces for Tower section 1. Raum49L Tower Construction Guideline Rev2 Raum Energy Inc.Step 4: Repeat steps 1 to 3 for Tower section 2.
The diagram to the right shows which diagonal braces are the correct ones to use for Tower section 3. Proprietary 2009 9 .Step 5: Repeat steps 1 to 3 for Tower section 3. Raum49L Tower Construction Guideline Rev2 Raum Energy Inc.
Start assembling Tower section 4 the same way you did with the first three sections.Step 6: Tower section 4 is assembled slightly different because it has two mounting plates which hold the mast in place. Proprietary 2009 10 . Raum49L Tower Construction Guideline Rev2 Raum Energy Inc. The diagram to the right shows which diagonal braces are the correct ones to use for Tower section 4.
Raum49L Tower Construction Guideline Rev2 Raum Energy Inc. locate and install the lower mast mounting plate as shown below. It can be attached to the horizontal tabs that are 1060 mm (42”) down from the top of the Tower section 4 tubes.Step 7: Before you install the third tube on Tower section 4. washers and nuts that are used on the diagonal braces as shown below. Fasten using the same 5/16” Bolts. Proprietary 2009 11 .
Proprietary 2009 12 . Step 9: Locate and loosely install the lower U bolt.Step 8: Locate and install one mast mounting bracket to the lower mast mounting plate as shown below. Raum49L Tower Construction Guideline Rev2 Raum Energy Inc.
Now locate the upper mast mounting plate and install in the end of the three tower tubes. Attach the upper mast mounting plate using six 7/16” bolts. Make sure to install the remaining bolt onto the lower mast mounting plate. Proprietary 2009 13 .Step 10: Install the third tower leg on tower section 4. Raum49L Tower Construction Guideline Rev2 Raum Energy Inc. Step 11: Complete the installation of the upper mast mounting plate by installing a mast mounting bracket and a U-bolt using the same procedure as used in Step 9.
Step 12: Connect tower sections 1 and 2 together using three tower section connectors. (No image for Step 13) Raum49L Tower Construction Guideline Rev2 Raum Energy Inc. Each tower section connector is bolted in 4 places using a 7/16” bolt. Proprietary 2009 14 . 2 washers and a nylock nut. Tighten the fasteners loosely until the tower is completely assembled. Step 13: Repeat step 12 and connect tower section 2 to tower section 3 and repeat step 12 to connect tower section 3 to tower section 4.
TIGHTENING ALL BOLTS TO PROPER TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! (No image for Step 15) Raum49L Tower Construction Guideline Rev2 Raum Energy Inc. TIGHTENIING ALL BOLTS TO PROPER TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! Step 15: Go back to all the bolts installed in the tower and tighten all 5/16” bolts to 19 ft-lbs.67m (66”) higher than the top of the upper mast mounting plate. Double check all 7/16” bolts and tighten to 50 ft-lbs. Proprietary 2009 15 . Use the U bolts to secure the mast in place. The mounting flange at the top of the mast should be 1. Tighten the U bolts to 19 ft-lbs.Step 14: Slide the mast down into the top of tower section 4 as shown below. Make sure that the fasteners on the mast mounting plates are tightened to 19 ft-lbs.