QuakeWrap’s StifPipe has received the 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Innovation Award in the category of ‘Green Engineering’.
According to QuakeWrap, the award recognises this new pipe technology as the world’s first green and sustainable pipe. QuakeWrap says that the pipe was invented by President Dr. Mo Ehsani who is a Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at the University of Arizona.
“StifPipe can be easily manufactured to any shape or size, will not corrode, and weighs about 10% of conventional pipes. The walls of StifPipe consist of a lightweight honeycomb core covered with carbon or glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP), a technique that has been successfully used in the aerospace and ship-building industries for decades.” Ehsani explained. StifPipe has already been used to repair deteriorated pipes and culverts in both the US and Australia saving significant costs over traditional repair methods.
The ability to build the pipe onsite, lightweight materials, fast production rate, recyclable materials that are durable and environmentally safe are among the factors that contribute to the sustainability of this innovative product. Ehsani noted that “with many construction projects trying to achieve LEED certification, the use of StifPipe can contribute significantly towards achieving such certification on pipeline projects.”
QuakeWrap explains that a Mobile Manufacturing Unit (MMU) has been developed that allows continuous onsite construction of this pipe at a rate of 2 miles per week. This version of the pipe, aptly named InfinitPipe, promises to revolutionise the pipeline industry by offering the first sustainably manufactured pipe that will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of future pipeline projects.
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