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Production Tests - Report #5

Visit to EPS Facilities

Site: EPS Facilities at Mare Island, Vallejo, California

Date: 17 de marzo de 2015

Start: 9:00 a.m.

End: 4:30 p.m.


Rolf Robe – SGS representative

Isis Hurtado – Puente Atlántico S.A.

Carlos Grunbaum – CCCC-LBG Consultant

Moisés Díaz – ACP Project Engineer

1.0 Description

EPS will manufacture a total of 34 Bearings divided as follows:

Production Bearings

- 12 Bearings type FPT15651/32-32/22-11

- 14 Bearings type FPT15641/22-20/16-8 F1

- 4 Bearings type FPT15641/22-20/16-8 F4

- 4 Bearings type FPT15636/18-16/12-7

1.1 Quality Control test for Production Bearings

After manufacture, the production Bearings (34) will be only verified through the Quality Control
test program. This test consist of running 3 cycles under a load and displacement specified in the
box below.

After a Quality Control test, no visual inspection is required under the EPS manufacturing system.
Min. Cyclic
Vertical Load
Testing Designation Displacement Number of Cycles
According to Prototype
FPT 15651 FPT 15641 FPT 15636
QC Test 4400 (19642 kn) ± 10% 1900 (8482 kn) ± 10% 950 (4240 kn) ± 10% ± 12 (304 mm) 3 cycles

2.0 Quality Tests performed during the day

Bearing Type Number Classification Test Start End

FPT 15641 F4 1 Production Quality Control 14:25 14:30
FPT 15641 F4 2 Production Quality Control 14:38 14:41
FPT 15641 F4 3 Production Quality Control 14:47 14:51
FPT 15641 F4 4 Production Quality Control 14:56 14:59
FPT 15641 F1 5 Production Quality Control 15:06 15:10
FPT 15641 F1 6 Production Quality Control 15:48 15:51
FPT 15641 F1 7 Production Quality Control 16:11 16:15
FPT 15641 F1 8 Production Quality Control 16:25 16:28

At the end of the quality control test for FPT 15641 #B5, the bearing did not come back to its original
position (centered), hence, the Upper Main Concave Plate fell down from one side at the momento the
vertical load was removed. (See Image 1)

This condition called the attention of the SGS Representative (Rolf Robe) who requested the EPS personnel
to disassemble the bearing for a visual inspection. A thorough visual inspection after quality control test of a
production bearing is not a common practice.

After the visual inspection, Mr. Robe considered that the lower friction surface of the inner slider had a
unusual wear (see image 6) and that the Slider Concave Plate had a sticky substance which seemed to be
coming out of the friction material. (See images 3 and 4).

This bearing remained disassembled for further consultation to Dr. Victor Zayas in the next day.

The response of Dr. Zayas will be included in the following report.

3.0 Images of the visil
Visual inspection to production Bearing FPT 15641 F1 #B5.

Image #1: Bearing coming out of the shaking table “unbalanced”

Image #2: Slider – Friction Surface #2

Image #3: Upper Slider Concave Plate #1

Image #4: Upper Slider Concave Plate #2

Image #5: Friction Surface #1 (inner slider upper surface)

Image #6: Friction Surface #1 (inner slider lower surface)

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