Buyers of fiber-reinforced plastic and composite assets need to know that they are getting what they specified. Owners and operators need to know that the FRP continues to meet their service requirements.
Ensuring that fiber-reinforced composite assets are made in compliance with the purchasing specifications and intent is something unique to many buyers. The material is made differently and many of the standards include details that are unique to FRP. Verification of some design parameters is subjective, unless it is possible to conduct destructive testing on parts of the structure. Furthermore, many of the quality control inspections required by codes and standards do not relate to damage mechanisms experienced in service.
UTComp supports the quality assurance needs of industrial asset end-users by ensuring that equipment is built to comply with the specifications, including concensus standards. In addition, UTComp supplies enhanced information on the as-produced FRP material system in the asset. These unique non-destructive inspections provide direct confirmation of key factors that affect composite performance including reinforcement orientation and stiffness. With our extensive knowledge of FRP applications, we can enhance evaluations even further to look at items that affect performance in buyers’ specific circumstances.
UTComp supports the needs of FRP and composite asset manufacturers with inline UltraAnalytix™ testing to give a go/no go acceptance for pipe, crossarms, rail ties and other structural component production. These automated tools can provide buyers with assurance about the FRP that has been produced.
Our services include:
- Specifications and Design – Preparing specifications that will provide buyers with assured performance in their process conditions. Completing design calculations and assessment for new FRP construction and updates to existing structures.
- Material Selection and Evaluation
- Mechanical Integrity Programs – Using the results of materials evaluation technologies to determine the fitness for service of assets made from composite materials such as FRP.
- Quality Control and Risk Management