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Composite Fluid Transfer Wins JEC Innovation Award for its New Composite Pressure Pipe

  • Wednesday, 18th September 2013
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Composite Fluid Transfer has won a prestigious JEC Innovation Award for its new composite pressure pipe that features Celstran continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites (CFR-TP) from Ticona, the engineering polymers business of Celanese.

Composite Fluid Transfer, Ticona and Valéron Strength Films, which supplies a protective outer wrap, will receive the “Pipes & Water Management” category award at 4 pm on Wednesday 2nd October, during the awards ceremony at the JEC Americas 2013 – Composites Show & Conference in Boston, US.

The award recognises the innovative Fiberflex-11 pipe with multiple options for robust connections that Composite Fluid Transfer of Kilgore, Texas, US, designed for general water transport infrastructure applications. Ticona will showcase the composite pressure pipe with Celstran CFR-TP at JEC Americas 2013 Show in booth #G22.

The company says the composite pipe incorporates Celstran CFR-TP continuous fibreglass reinforced high-density polyethylene (HDPE) thermoplastic composite tape, which is wound around a specially designed, extruded thin-wall HDPE thermoplastic liner and heat consolidated by a proprietary process developed by Composite Fluid Transfer. The pipe construction adds an outside layer of HDPE film manufactured by Valéron to protect the system from both ultra-violet and abrasion damage.

At 4.26lbs per foot, Ticona says the Fiberflex-11 pipe is lighter than comparable diameter and pressure rated composite and plastic pipe. Two people in the field can easily lift and carry the pipe, which avoids the high cost of using large unloading equipment, increases safety and minimizes work site damage and reclamation costs. A 30-foot section weighs only 128lbs vs. the same length of 12-inch HDPE SDR 9 pipe that weighs 655lbs, making it 80% lighter. The Fiberflex-11 pipe system also offers several robust coupling/connector options, including a two-bolt patent-pending quick coupling design.

This is the fourth time Ticona has been recognised with a JEC Innovation Award for composite applications, the others are as follows.

·         2013 JEC Innovation Award in the Aeronautics category— Fokker Aerostructures, AgustaWestland, TenCate Aerospace Composites and Ticona developed the first thermoplastic composite tailplane put into production on the AgustaWestland AW169;

·         2011 JEC Innovation Award in the Thermoplastics category— Cutting Dynamics Inc. (CDi), along with Ticona, TenCate Advanced Composites and A&P Technology (A&P), developed a modular composite seat back assembly used in passenger seat assemblies on lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft; and

·         2010 JEC Innovation Award in the Aeronautics category— Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Fokker Aerostructures, KVE, TenCate and Ticona developed the first welded thermoplastic composite aircraft primary structure on the Gulfstream G650.

Ticona claim the Composite Fluid Transfer’s Fiberflex-11 pipe — 10.5-inch inner diameter, 11.1-inch outer diameter pipe rated at a 250lbs per square inch operating pressure — is specifically designed for general water transport infrastructure, including distribution systems, oil and gas operations, hydraulic fracturing feed water and produced water, large irrigation systems, tank farm operations and dewatering systems. A key strength is the adaptability of the product to meet fluid transfer market demands outside of the oil and gas industry.

The company further explains that it can easily be altered to operate at higher pressures, in tougher environments, at higher temperatures, with larger diameters, and with any type of piping system connections. For example, the burst pressure of the finished pipe can be increased as necessary from the current design, which delivers a burst pressure of 500 pounds per square inch (psi) by varying the number of layers of Celstran CFR-TP tape consolidated on to the thin wall HDPE pipe liner. The flexibility of the product and supporting process innovation allows for a continuous evolution of the piping solution to meet an ever-expanding set of market and application requirements.

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