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Advantex® Reinforced FRP Used in Large Storage Tanks in Saudi Arabia

Chemical Process Equipment Private Limited (CPE) is a world leader in the field of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics (FRP) Fabrication. It has manufacturing facilities in Mumbai and Vadodara and is recognized as the largest exporter of FRP equipment.CPE provides consistent quality of FRP equipment for environments with highly corrosive fluids, and has been certified as the Top Exporter by PLEXCONCIL India on several occasions.

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New Technology for Joining Advantex Reinforced FRP Pipe

After decades of research by organizations including Owens Corning, fiberglass technology has advanced to produce a material that today offers a superior alternative specification for pipe systems located in corrosive environments when compared to traditionally-used pipe materials including stainless or coated steel and alloys.This material is fiberglass-reinforced polymer or FRP made with Owens Corning’s Advantex® glass, a patented, boron-free E-CR glass...

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Massive FRP Decking for Coal Gas Jet Bubble Reactor

Wet scrubbers remove vast quantities of sulfur dioxide (SO2) from the exhaust of coal-fired power plants by mixing the flue gasses with water and limestone. Inside the large circular jet bubble reactor is an unrelenting combination of sandstorm and acid-laced tsunami creating a corrosive environment. Keeping this storm separated and under control is the job of decking, which divides the immense vessels into three sections,each with a slightly different chemistry, temperature, and pressure.

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FRP used in Desalination Plant

The Phase II TUAS seawater desalinization project in Singapore is the largest water treatment project in Asia. When completed, the facility is anticipated to produce approximately 320 thousand cubic meters of water daily. The 4,860 membrane housing pressure vessels used in the expansive project are provided by...

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$2 Million in Savings by Specifying FRP

Owens Corning recently had a chance to experience what the company has been preaching for many years - money can be saved buying chemical storage tanks made with fiberglass-reinforced polymer (FRP) instead of stainless steel.

The Owens Corning buy was a big one – 85 tanks ranging in size from 350 to 40,000 gallons. The estimated savings was also substantial at about US$2 million.

The experience was prompted by a fundamental change in the binder used to make the company's fiberglass insulation. The new binder is made all-natural ingredients in a formaldehyde-free formulation.

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Hangzhou Zhonghao tanks and towers

Hangzhou Zhonghao Technology Co., Ltd. designs and produces nonmetallic tower devices and column internals. The company also produces composite pipes, fittings, and storage tanks. Within the past year, Zhonghao Technology began using FRP (fiberglass-reinforced polymer) containing Owens Corning's Advantex® glass in its towers.

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FRP used to process Sodium Hypochlorite

Sodium hypochlorite is a clear, greenish-yellow solution commonly used in municipal water treatment facilities to disinfect drinking water.
The chemical is beneficial to public health when used to purify water, but it is extremely hard on storage tanks.

J.B. Donaldson, founder and owner of American Fiberglass Inc. in Phoenix, Ariz., said he has seen competitors’ fiberglass-reinforced polymer (FRP) sodium hypochlorite tanks fail in as few as 12 months. That makes it all the more impressive that FRP tanks made for similar use by his company have lasted as long as 11 years and are still going strong.

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FRP Canopies Made With Advantex® Glass Protect Steel Pipe in Hoover Dam’s Penstock Tunnels

A modern marvel of engineering, the Hoover Dam has straddled the border between Nevada and Arizona since its completion in 1935. Standing an incredible 221 meters high and measuring more than 20 meters thick, it continues its mission of harnessing the power of the Colorado River. Three years before the dam was completed, penstocks or steel pipe, 30-feet in diameter, began carrying water from each of the four intake towers in the reservoir to the power plant and canyon wall outlets. When the penstocks began exhibiting signs of corrosion after almost 70 years in service, the solution was FRP (fiberglass-reinforced polymer) canopies containing Owens Corning’s Advantex® glass.

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NYC National Memorial Fountains

In 2005 the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade center Foundation was set-up to oversee construction of a Memorial on the site of the twin towers. The Foundation opened a worldwide design competition and received more than 5,000 submissions from 63 countries

The winning design, entitled "Reflecting Absence," is an eight-acre plaza with 400 trees that surround two gigantic recessed reflected pools. The challenge was to keep 600,000 gallons of water in each pool flowing and sparking throughout the year

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Massive FRP Decking for Coal Gas Jet Bubble Reactor

Wet scrubbers remove vast quantities of sulfur dioxide (SO2) from the exhaust of coal-fired power plants by mixing the flue gasses with water and limestone. They house an unrelenting combination of sandstorm and acid-laced tsunami..

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PITSA Picks Advantex® E-CR Glass Fiber Reinforcements for Critical Project

On the main island of New Caledonia in the South Pacific, four large composite storage tanks sit serenely doing a critically important job. They are helping protect an idyllic environment while holding hydrochloric acid and nickel chloride at a mineral extraction plant for one of the world's largest nickel mines.
The four FRP tanks were fabricated by Plasticos Industriales de Tampico (PITSA), of Tampico, Mexico.
The tanks range in diameter from 10 to 14 meters (33 to 46 feet) and in height from 8 to 18 meters (26 to 59 feet).
For the glass-reinforced polymer construction, the company used epoxy vinyl ester resin and boron-free Advantex E-CR glass fibers from OCV™ Reinforcements.

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3D Glass Rope Fills the Gaps in Giant Field Joints

In addition to corrosion resisitance, FRP (fiberglass-reinforced polymer) offers two key advantages … how rapidly very complex multi-functional shapes can be molded and premolded parts can be “welded” (bonded) to form more elaborate or larger structures.

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Belding Tank Relies on Boron-Free Advantex® EC-R Glass

To help its customers avoid corrosion from acidic brine and other harsh chemicals, Michigan-based Belding Tank Technologies, Inc. relies exclusively on boron-free Advantex® E-CR glass from OCV™ Reinforcements. Belding manufactures a variety of filament wound and contact molded tanks using state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Sizes range from two feet to 30 feet in diameter for many applications including chemical processing, iron and steel, waste water treatment, metal finishing, bulk storage, food and pharmaceuticals.

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U.S. Composite Pipe South Promoting Use of Advantex® E-CR Glass

U.S. Composite Pipe South has a renewed appreciation for one of its key raw material components, namely Advantex® E-CR glass from OCV™ Reinforcements. USCPS has added the advantage of using Advantex® E-CR glass to the list of many other benefits provided by their product range. "We have been using Advantex® glass but we are now consciously espousing and marketing the benefits of Advantex® E-CR glass as opposed to the regular E-type glass used by many of our competitors" said Detlev Schlorke, general manager of U.S. Composite Pipe South, LLC.

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NOV FGS Trusts Corrosion-Resistant Advantex® E-CR Glass for Composite Pipe

When selecting fiberglass reinforcements for its corrosive applications, NOV Fiber Glass Systems President Hossein Arian says he trusts two things – his company's experience and its test data.
One result: "We use only premium-quality chemical-resistant Advantex® E-CR (boron-free) glass fibers from OCV™ Reinforcements," says Arian. "Other manufacturers of epoxy fiberglass pipe and fittings will use electrical-grade fiberglass (E-glass) reinforcement material," he continues. "In reviewing Owens Corning data comparing the performance of Advantex® E-CR glass with typical electrical-grade glass, it is apparent that Advantex® glass performs better than E-glass in most hostile chemical environments".

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