22 November 2011
22 November 2011
Pipe Wrap, who specialise in repair and rehabilitation of pipeline in the oil and gas industry, have successfully completed a Phase I research project involving nanotechnology.
They say a SBIR grant from the National Science Foundation funded the innovative research which involved increasing the endurance of current Pipe Wrap product lines by the incorporation of nanoparticles.
“Years ago, by good luck, I met Dr. Smalley at the Baker Institute of Rice University after he had given a lecture on using nanotechnology to improve world energy production. I found his work in nanotechnology fascinating and soon thought we could use it to improve Pipe Wrap's pipe repair products. We are pleased with the Phase One research findings. The broader impact and commercial potential of this NSF project will be a cost effective, user friendly composite pipe repair product with an operational design life of over 50 years”, said Genevieve Withers, Founder of Pipe Wrap. Maintenance of oil and gas pipeline is a daily challenge for people in the industry.
Ben Schrag, of The National Science Foundation took part in the decision process for awarding Phase I of the study. He said, “The project from Pipe Wrap was awarded because it combined a new and innovative technology with a company and team which have demonstrated expertise and commercial success in the relevant market segment. The potential for this new material to help in sustaining the nation’s pipeline infrastructure was also viewed as a strong point, given NSF’s commitment to environmental concerns. The team at Pipe Wrap brings a wealth of understanding about their customers and a pragmatic approach to the project that helped them to develop a prototype of their new product in a very short time.”
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