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Owens Corning will launch its new PipeStrand range of products for high- and low-pressure filament winding applications at JEC World this week in Paris, France.
According to Owens Corning, filament winding applications compose the largest glass reinforcement market in the world with 655,000 tons of roving sold per year. Applications include power and energy (refineries, power plants, off-shore platforms, liquid propane gas, etc.); petrochemicals; marine; and water distribution (desalination, treatment, sewage, etc.).
“Owens Corning is committed to developing market-leading products that deliver productivity and performance benefits to our customers in the composites industry,” said Bryan Minges, Owens Corning Global Product Manager – Pipe. “Our new PipeStrand solutions are an exciting illustration of this strategy. They offer an enviable combination of critical mechanical performance benefits, a wide processing range, and cost efficiency, all of which combine to generate enhanced value for low- and high-pressure pipe manufacturers.”
Owens Corning says that customer needs and preferences, in terms of fibre geometry, resins, curing systems, expected performance and process requirements, vary among global regions. PipeStrand reinforcements are designed to be compatible with multiple resins and curing systems to meet these different requirements.
Developed for the low-pressure filament winding market, PipeStrand S1000 single-end roving is compatible with polyester, vinyl ester, epoxy and polyurethane resins.
Owens Corning claims that the processing, long-term mechanical and hydrostatic properties of the S1000 roving provide a major step-change over existing products and meet longer service life requirements for pipes, tanks and vessels (20-50 years). This single product enables lower roving inventory and faster creel changes.
PipeStrand M6000 multi-end roving is said to provide optimal performance for chop and spray-up in pipes and tanks. PipeStrand M6000 multi-end roving can be used for large- and small-diameter applications and on horizontal and vertical surfaces where fast wet-out speed is preferred. It also demonstrates compatibility with polyester and vinyl ester.
PipeStrand S2300 and S2500 single-end rovings are designed for the high-pressure and high-performance epoxy filament winding market. These products are equipped to meet pipe manufacturers’ requirements for high mechanical properties, durability, corrosion resistance, and low weight. PipeStrand S2300 and S2500 rovings are designed to allow for up to a 61-percent improvement over reference products in axial tensile strength and burst stress. They provide hydro-thermal stability under pressurised conditions for long pipe service life (over 20 years). In addition, Owens Corning claims that both rovings offer a superior processing range, providing low fuzz under various tension levels, fast wetting, and smooth pipe surface. These properties can lead to reduced down time and lower resin consumption. PipeStrand S2300 and S2500 are designed for both amine and anhydride-cured epoxies. S2300 delivers mechanical properties in aromatic amine-cured epoxies, while S2500 is engineered for peak performance in anhydride cured epoxies.
Owens Corning are exhibiting in Hall 5A, Stand G43.
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