TN0025 • Use of SONARtrac on Fiberglass Pipe

Use of SONARtrac on Fiberglass Pipe

Date of Conference: 
July 6, 2015

Fiberglass pipe (and derivatives of it) is finding its way into many industries due to cost, weight, and performance considerations.

Fiberglass pipes are often used due to their resistance to corrosion and abrasion (either or both) which can create problems for metallic pipes. A chemical resistant layer can be applied to the wetted surface of fiberglass pipe to improve performance in the presence of corrosive fluids. Abrasion resistance of fiberglass pipe is often improved by the addition of fillers such as silica, silica carbide, or ceramic materials.

By definition, fiberglass (or Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Thermosetting Resin) pipe is a tubular product containing glass fiber reinforcements embedded in or surrounded by cured thermosetting resin. The composite structure may contain aggregate, granular, or platelet fillers, thixotropic agents, pigments or dyes. Thermoplastic liners or coatings are sometimes used in fiberglass pipes.

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Technical Note