Definition - What does Tension Tool mean?
A Tension Tool is a device which is used to produce stiffness or tension in a system. There are different kinds of tension tools used in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry. They include:
- BOK Tension Tools (Bottom of Keyway)
- TOK Tension Tools (Top of Keyway)
- Serrated Tensioners
- Circular Tensioners
- Custom and Oddball Tensioners
Petropedia explains Tension Tool
There are several types of tensions tools used in the petroleum industry; however, the commonly used ones are BOK tension tools, TOK tension tools and serrated tensioners.
- BOK Tension Tools - These are the most common tensioners and are included in almost every beginner kit. They are of three standard widths, i.e., 0.14, 0.12, and 0.10 inches. They come with long, short, straight, bent, and twisted handles.
- TOK Tension Tools - TOK tension tools offer several advantages over BOK tension tools. They are usually double ended, with one small end for flush faced locks and the longer one for counter-sunk lock faces. They come in two standard widths, i.e., 0.040 and 0.050 inches, nevertheless there are many other thicknesses available.
- Serrated Tensioners - These are relatively new tools and come in two forms. Both Sparrows and Peterson sell “Z” shaped serrated tools in thicknesses ranging from 0.015 up to 0.030 inches.