Pipe replacement. Two simple words, but I’m sure there are many of you out there who read them as “night-mare”. Pipe replacement means: costs, downtime for your plant, hard work & potential health & safety hazard in case harmful fluids leaking out. This can be a recurring issue at refineries, petrochemical plants, power plants and water utilities, especially with pipes designed for resisting high pressure, temperature and chemicals.
Although the pipes are usually protected, this protection erodes over time and cracks, so eventually holes and leaks appear.
Normally, such pipes would need to be replaced. But nowadays, you can repair instead replace. Composite repair system from Loctite can be used on spot, with no need to transport heavy pipes to a different location. It consists of a carbon/glass fibre reinforced plastic material which can be adapted to each specific repair case easily on site, like a plaster or bandage. No matter what pipe diameter, pipe geometry (t-joint, bend, reduction, flange) or defect type, the system can deal with that. Also no pressure limit applies, you just need to add the correct number of repair layers.
Do keep in mind that you need to be well trained to use such a product so it’s really best to get in touch with an expert. He or she will also be able to assess the damage and calculate the tailor-made repair needs for your particular case.