Duct Balloon

 Inflatable Isolation Barriers

Coal pulverisers typically have guillotine style isolation dampers in the primary air ducts. This duct work can be round, square or rectangular. The existing isolation dampers are used to cut off the flow of hot air to the out of service pulveriser so that maintenance can be performed while the unit is on line. Unfortunately these dampers do not always seal properly due to age or binding. Care should be taken to ascertain the operating temperature in the area where the Duct Balloon will be installed as this maybe higher than what our high temperature material is rated for, which is 500ºF (260ºC).


Duct balloons are typically supplied in a 3’0” (915mm) thickness. In a coal pulveriser application, this thickness may not always work due to clearance problems such as a tight radius in round ducts or stiffeners inside square and rectangular ducts. Also, a check should be made to see if any flow monitoring instrumentation could be in the way of where the Duct Balloon would be installed. In this case, it can be made thinner, sometimes a little as 10” (254mm) and still perform well.

The material used in this application is the same material that is used on turbine covers and carries a NFPA 701 fire rating.

This one measures 70” (1778mm) wide x 24” (609mm) high x 12” (304mm) deep for use in the primary air duct of a coal pulveriser during maintenance of a broken off pyrite plow. Note that the inflation tube is attached to the 12” deep side wall to permit installation via the existing access door.

This one measures 41” (1041mm) round x 29” (736mm) thick that will be used in a CE 983 pulveriser

It comes with 25’ (7.62m) of 8” (203mm) flex duct so that the blower can be located away from the work area

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