THEIR normal day sees them building chemical storage tanks for customers across the world.
But now a Kirklees firm’s workers are to play a part in trying to set a new land speed record.
Ravensthorpe-based Chem Resist Limited has secured a contract to help the Bloodhound supersonic vehicle break the land speed record.
The Bloodhound project sees a British team trying to build a car capable of driving beyond 1,000mph.
They hit the headlines some weeks ago when they tested the vehicle’s rocket engine.
The motor burned for 10 seconds on a static rig inside a hardened shelter at Newquay airport, Cornwall.
The Bloodhound car will attempt to raise the world land speed record beyond the current 763mph this year, then try to reach 1,000mph in 2014.
Those record attempts will take place on the Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa, where a track 20km long and 500metres wide has been cleared by a local workforce.
Now Chem Resist’s Fluid Transfer division are providing four of their World Chemical pumps to be used as main hydrogen peroxide fuel pumps and back-up pumps at both ends of the land record run.
They are vital parts for a jet engine, as used in the Typhoon/Eurofighter, plus a rocket to take Bloodhound from a jet-powered 400mph to a rocket-propelled 1,000 mph.
Chem Resist Director Neil Williams says the hydrogen peroxide used by Bloodhound’s rocket is extremely reactive and must be handled with great care.
“Our considerable experience in reactive chemicals enabled us to provide pump and safety valve solutions for the hydrogen peroxide loading rigs.”
Tony Parraman, of the Bloodhound Programme, said: “Bloodhound was able to make use of Chem Resist’s long experience in working with hazardous chemicals.
“The magnetic coupling self-priming pumps allow the safe transfer of the hydrogen peroxide from its storage containers to the rocket test rigs oxidiser tank in a quick, efficient and – most importantly – safe way.”