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1. (WO2017182785) PIPE HANDLING APPARATUS

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/182785    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2017/051064
Publication Date: Fri Oct 27 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Wed Apr 19 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: F16L 1/16
F16L 1/20
Applicants: BALLTEC LIMITED
Inventors: BARBU, Sorin
STAVELEY, James
JACKSON, Jonathan
Title: PIPE HANDLING APPARATUS
Abstract:
Pipe handling apparatus with an insert (4) configured to be inserted into a pipe to be handled (23). One or more clamping members (19) are moveably mounted relative to the insert. One or more actuators (17) are operable to urge the clamping members (19) towards the insert (4) thereby to grip the wall of the pipe to be handled (23). The insert (4) may be cylindrical. Multiple clamping members (19) may be spaced around the insert (4). The clamping members (19) may extend axially along the insert (4). The apparatus is suitable for handling flexible pipes (23) formed from multiple layers of helically wound metal strands.