March 2012, Vol. 239 No. 3

Features

Avoiding Internal Corrosion With Glass-reinforced Plastic

Millions of dollars are spent annually to maintain hydrocarbon pipelines free from any operational breakdowns. In most cases of such breakdowns, the cause is internal corrosion (Figure 1). New, economically attractive corrosion-resistant material options are being explored by operating companies to lower expenditures for pipeline maintenance activities, reduce the incidence of breakdowns and ensure trouble-free operations . One of the most favored alternate materials of construction is glass-reinforced plastics (GRPs), a nonmetal. Though GRPs have found the way into the other sectors like municipal water supply, sewage treatment, firefighting systems, etc., GRPs are yet to

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