UTComp showcased its industry-leading UltraAnalytix NDT technology for FRP composite reliability at the first AMPP Annual Conference + Expo March 6-10 in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
At the conference we announced that UTComp has launched an ASNT-compliant certification program for UltraAnalytix® inspection personnel!
UTComp founder and CTO Geoff Clarkson also presented on the topic Toward an Objective Evaluation of FRP Corrosion Barrier Condition during the “Coatings and Corrosion Control for Storage Tanks” symposium.
Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP), polymeric composites and other polymeric materials are used in many ways to reduce corrosion damage for industrial, infrastructure and municipal applications. Applications include storage tanks, scrubbers, reactors, piping and linings of steel and concrete. For new constructions, a variety of standards and codes have been developed by consensus that stipulate resin and reinforcement material selection, design, manufacturing and quality control details. One of the standards used at this stage assists with the selection of the polymer, or resin, which makes the major contribution to corrosion protection. Since the 1950’s when the use of FRP started for corrosion service, inspectors have assessed the condition of the polymer that has been exposed to chemical corrosion to determine if the corrosion barrier is fit for service. There is no consensus standard or code for determining fitness for service of FRP corrosion barriers or equipment. This paper will provide an overview of existing standards and codes used in design and construction, describe damage mechanisms and provide a pathway that allows existing standards to be adapted to determine Fitness for Service of FRP using thermoset polymers.
Abstract from Toward an Objective Evaluation of FRP Corrosion Barrier Condition ©AMPP 2022, used with permission. Paper is available for purchase from AMPP.