3 Benefits of using Composite Repairs for Pipes
Leak repair for piping systems is critical for two reasons. The first is to ensure the efficient functioning and safety of the plant in question. The second is to contain maintenance and repair costs.
Those in engineering circles know that composites are by nature stronger than single materials. One of their chief advantages is their higher strength-to-weight ratio. A lower level of modification to the original design is always desirable, and this is where composite repairs take center stage.
Let’s look at three of the benefits of using composite materials for pipeline repairs.
1. Avoiding Downtime
Lack of production is costly. And invasive interventions involving the replacement of piping in systems also carry a high cost. The necessary systems testing after installation and before recommissioning is likewise very expensive.
Repairing early corrosion damage by applying external composite wraps seldom entails downtime.
2. Composite Repairs Are Cheaper
From your regular maintenance inspections, you will have a list of repair priorities. Consulting with RAK industrial professionals about which types of composite repairs are most suitable to keep your systems running can save enormous amounts of money. You also get to adhere to safety standards and will have a clear idea about the life expectancy of the repair.
3. Reliability Inside and Out
Composite repairs are effective. They are also a reliable means of containing corrosion damage to ensure that production continues. RAK recommends composite wrap materials for all systems where pipe corrosion from chemicals is a factor in operation.
Composite wraps are common asr external lining for structural repairs to pipes. Composite materials offer extra strength and durability for the internal linings of tanks and pipes too.
The Latest Tech
The layered approach using composite materials adds a second dimension to the strength of the repair. All composite materials have been safety tested and have a proven track record.
These reliable technological advances have proven their ability to withstand elevated temperatures.
Composites are easier to use in repairs because of their flexibility. They are well suited to handling curves and bends encountered in all piping systems. They have tensile strength and the required degree of stiffness, or elastic modulus.
Using composite materials for repairing pipelines and pipe leaks due to pipe corrosion is workable for both steel pipe and steel-reinforced concrete. The development of material for composite repairs and new builds has focused on achieving a high degree of versatility.
This is what helps to make composites the most economic repair option. And the process is a lot less complex than replacing entire sections of pipe.
Find Defects and Fix Them
Structural defects in manufactured pipes do occur. By repairing with composite wraps you get rid of those defects. A good maintenance plan includes identifying where your plant needs composite repairs.
RAK can help you with that.
Contact us at RAK to discuss our corrosion control approach and the robust solutions we offer.