In 2010 RPS Composites began manufacturing what would be our largest piping job to date. It spanned over 5 years and in addition to FRP pipe and fitting manufacture, included maximum shop assembly, design engineering, stress analysis support, drafting services, bonding procedure specifications, on-site bonder training, bonder qualification, hydrostatic tests and registration in accordance with CSA B51.
The large hydromet facility would be built on the east coast of Canada to process nickel concentrate. Electrowinning and solvent extraction would be used and RPS supplied various classes of piping for each line type. The class of piping and resin selection was based on the temperature, pressure and process conditions observed by each line, and the more than 30 process streams included acid and caustic services (electrolyte solutions and reagents such as barium hydroxide, boric acid and sodium hydroxide), organic streams, diluted and concentrated hydrochloric acid, and chlorine services. Pressure ranged from 100psi to 150psi, and temperatures ranged from less than 80ºC up to 100ºC.
From the internal chemical barrier through to the external coating, RPS Composites designs and fabricates piping systems to your specifications.
The scope of the project included:
This massive project became the impetus behind our proprietary SpoolTracker technology, designed to better monitor the real time status of in-process shop assembly. There would be close to 110 full truckloads of material heading down the highways from our Maritime fabricating plants, so this tool would be invaluable to our Project Management team, and has since become the backbone of our tracking system.
The opportunity also prompted several additional improvement initiatives such as field bonder training for broader use of our tapered adhesive joining system; exploration of FRP for various services including replacement of failing rubber-lined carbon steel with abrasion resistant FRP; and new offerings of FRP grating and structural components in locations where traditional materials were not performing or were difficult to install.