Why Corrosive Environments Are Perfect for FRP Duct Applications
“Corrosion” is not a word that a contractor, building owner, or business owner wants to hear. Corrosion means that a chemical reaction has taken place which has damaged or destroyed a structure or some of its components. FRP wraps, FRP duct, and FRP repairs are good ways to prevent or remedy the effects of corrosion.
What are Corrosives?
Corrosives include acids such as hydrochloric acid, hydrofluoric acid, nitric acid, sulfuric acid, nitric acid, acetic acid, and chromic acid. Bases also can be corrosive including sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, and ammonium hydroxide. Other chemicals can also be corrosive. FRP materials resist corrosion.
What are the Qualities of FRP?
FRP, or fiber-reinforced plastic, is a composite material; a polymer matrix reinforced with fibers. The fibers are usually glass, although they can also be carbon, basalt, or aramid.
FRP is a flexible material, making it highly useful for FRP duct and FRP pipe applications because it can be formed in complex shapes. FRP has a long service life and is an affordable solution for many purposes. It is lightweight, has excellent temperature resistance, offers thermal insulation, and has excellent mechanical strength. FRP has smooth surfaces making this material highly desirable for the flow of products. FRP products are easy to repair and require minimal maintenance. FRP materials are ideal for on-site installation.
What Industries Use FRP Materials?
FRP is used in many industrial applications where corrosive element handling is critical. FRP uses include situations requiring the handling of chemical, combustible and flammable fluids, the processing of wet or dry gasses, and water and sewer treatment facilities.
FRP products include storage tanks, chimney liners, piping systems, spray headers, and duct systems.
FRP Duct Applications
The characteristics of FRP duct and pipe applications include flexible shaping which can be round, elliptical, or rectangular to meet complex installation configurations. A wide variety of joints can be available as well as a wide range of fittings and connections. The ductwork or piping can be filament wound or contract molded, and full vacuum and pressure services can be available.
Why FRP Repairs Can Be Ideal
FRP is excellent for repairs. FRP repairs offer a material that has a high strength-to-weight ratio, great dimensional stability, long service life, ease of installation, and low maintenance costs. That is why FRP materials, including FRP wraps, are used so extensively in such industrial applications as water and chemical storage and power generation plants.
Most importantly, FRP installations and FRP repairs offer high corrosion resistance.
Call the Experts for FRP Repairs and FRP Duct Work
Contact Picon FRP, Inc., based in San Pablo, CA, and serving the San Francisco Bay Area. Picon is a full-service manufacturer and field service provider of industrial fiber reinforced plastic and anti-corrosion products, tank repairs, and custom fabrication. Our products provide corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, heat resistance, abrasion resistance, and more.