Ceremonias Cariocas 2016
FCT Flames supplied two cauldrons, or torches, to the Rio Olympics in 2016. One was installed in the Maracanã Stadium as part of the Opening Ceremony and another was installed in the plaza in front of the Candelaria Church in downtown Rio. The Opening Ceremony Torch was fired using LPG and the downtown torch fired with natural gas.
The Ceremony Cauldron was suspended by winches and was revealed from an under-stage area, before raising 15m above the stage to operate in conjunction with a kinetic sculpture.
The Down Town Cauldron was also installed in front of a kinetic sculpture.
FCT performed extensive test and development work prior to manufacturing and delivery the equipment to ensure the flames would not damage the cauldron, which was a 1.2m diameter fibreglass sphere or the supporting wire ropes. The burners were designed to incorporate our well proven ring burner technology that meets the Olympic standards in terms of flame stability and visibility in high winds and heavy rain. A 3m burst of flame as the Ceremony Cauldron reached 15m above stage level was achieved with an on-board gas accumulator.
FCT supplied the gas valve trains, control systems and personnel for the installation, commissioning and operation of the two cauldron torches.