Home / Products & Services / Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic

Abrasion Resistant FRP Pipe

Our HPPE A-150 corrosion and abrasion resistant FRP pipe system offers excellent resistance to a broad range of abrasive fluids, corrosive fluids, and complies with ASME NM.2, ASTM D5421, and ASTM D6041.

Now available with the RPS Grooved Adapter Joint (used in conjunction with the Victaulic® Style 296-A coupling).

Quick Facts

For wet FGD scrubbing slurries, sludge removal, mining slurries, and more

INEOS DERAKANE™ 411 bisphenol A epoxy vinyl ester resin

Standard 100 mil corrosion barrier

C veil or Polyester (Nexus®) surfacing veil

150 psi (10 BAR) pressure rating, testing per ASTM D2992 and ASTM D1599

-40°F (-40°C) to 180°F (82°C) temperature range

Why Composites?

Advantages of Composite Piping

Composite tanks, vessels, and piping systems, both fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) and dual laminate (FRP with a thermoplastic liner) stand out as superior choices over many other construction materials including rubber lined carbon steel (RLCS), stainless steel (SS), alloys, and thermoplastics due to a combination of advantageous features and properties.

One of the primary benefits of composite piping is its exceptional resistance to corrosion. This makes it particularly valuable in industries where exposure to corrosive substances is common, such as chemical processing, power generation, and mineral processing. FRP and dual laminates are suitable for a wide range of process streams including hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid, chlorine gas (wet and dry), chlorine dioxide, sodium hydroxide, sodium hypochlorite, solvent extraction solutions, brines, slurries, and more. In addition to the interior corrosion barrier, the exterior FRP shell is also corrosion-resistant, making it the material of choice in corrosive atmospheric conditions.

FRP piping systems offer an outstanding strength-to-weight ratio, combining strength and durability with a lightweight structure. Compared to materials like steel or concrete, FRP is significantly lighter, making it easier to transport, handle, install, and support. Lighter equipment could mean lower installation and maintenance costs.

FRP and dual laminate piping and tank liners typically feature a smooth interior surface. This smoothness minimizes friction and prevents the accumulation of deposits or scaling, which can lead to improved flow efficiency and reduced maintenance needs.

In addition to these features, FRP is a non-conductive material, making it suitable for applications where electrical conductivity is a concern. Composite piping is also highly customizable. It can be tailored to meet specific project requirements, including diameter, length, and special features like insulation, fire resistance, and abrasion resistance.
Low thermal conductivity is another benefit of FRP. It is most desirable in applications where maintaining temperature control or insulation is essential.

Thanks to its inherent resistance to corrosion and its long-term durability, FRP piping typically requires minimal maintenance compared to RLCS, SS, and alloys, which require regular, scheduled cleaning and coating to maintain corrosion resistance. While the initial cost may be higher than some other materials, the long-term advantages of FRP and dual laminate piping, i.e., reduced maintenance, longer service life, and corrosion resistance, along with the total cost of ownership, can make it the better choice for your operation.

Ultimately, the suitability of FRP piping depends on the specific application and environmental conditions. Careful consideration of project requirements and constraints is essential. Proper design, installation, and maintenance practices are also crucial to realizing the full benefits of FRP and dual laminate piping.

For a more thorough comparison of dual laminate and lined steel, please take a look at our technical bulletin.

To learn more about our different lines of composite piping and tanks, see our Products Overview page.

Need help with material selection?

The following resources will help you choose the piping system that provides the performance you want without paying for more than you need.

Pipe and fittings inventory

RPS has an inventory of corrosion and abrasion resistant FRP pipe and fittings available for immediate purchase and delivery. We maintain stock in our Inspection, Distribution, and Service (IDS) Centers in Northeast US, the Gulf Coast, and Atlantic Canada, so you can have the reliability and performance of our pre-engineered pipe and fittings without the wait. With the help of our RPS Stock Tracker program, our IDS Centers can quickly find inventory that is closest to your site and can call on multiple RPS facilities to fill your order.

Let us know if you would prefer for us to ship it loose, sub-assemble it before shipment, or have our field services team bring it along with them to your site.

Contact us to initiate your order

Case Study

Replacement of Failed Steel Pipe

After several years of significant maintenance cost associated with repairing and relining a specific steel pipe, plant operators and engineers evaluated their options for replacement. Based on proven performance and cost savings they chose the RPS “A” series pipe system.

View project details

If your project includes corrosion resistant FRP pipe and fittings, contact us today.