Pipes play an essential role in the functioning of any industrial company. Everyday use exposes pipes to extreme conditions which often leads to deterioration of pipes in the long run. Even the slightest neglect could lead to large-scale damages, so it’s important to shield your pipes against such damages. That’s where pipe pads come into play.
Pipe pads, also known as fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) pads are made from a liner material that’s reinforced with fiber and a filament winding around it. The liner is then fitted directly onto the pipe to act as a cushion. Given that the plumbing industry raked in over $107 billion in revenues in 2018, it would make sense for industries and oil companies to protect their pipes to maintain profitability. Here are a few reasons why you should invest in pipe pads.
Minimize Corrosion Problems
Heat and moisture are two of the most common issues that industrial pipes face. Alternating cycles of heating and cooling cause the pipes to expand and contract which often leads to external cracks and leaks that cause pipe wear. The heat coupled with moisture in the air often leads to a build-up of rust.
A lot of industries resort to painting their pipes but paint tends to peel off after a while, leaving the pipes exposed. Pipe pads help to prevent pipe corrosion by providing an extra layer of piping that protects against the effects of heat and moisture. Preventing moisture penetration lowers the wear and tear in your pipes and maintains the structural integrity of your pipes for a lot longer.
Save on Costs
The essence of any business lies in making a profit. Eroding pipes are never a good sign and call for immediate replacement. The high-grade nature of the pipes and their premium build translates to high purchase costs. Therefore, replacing industrial pipes calls for a substantial investment that would eat into your profits.
Using pipe pads significantly lowers pipe erosion. Less pipe erosion goes a long way in ensuring the health of your pipes. Healthier pipes translate to fewer long-term replacements and as a result, fewer operational costs.
As pipes transport fluids, vibrations become an inevitability. Too many vibrations could lead to some structural issues. Pipes may be knocked off their support structures or flanges could start leaking, resulting in pipe fatigue and pipe failure.
Pipe pads help control the effects of vibrations by absorbing the resulting energy. Rotating equipment such as compressors and pumps create significant excitation forces as they operate. Other forces such as mechanical resonance also build up forces that could get destructive. Lower vibrations in your pipes ensure your pipes maintain the highest level of performance without the risk of continuous breakdowns.
Piping systems have a variety of components such as bends, valves, fittings, and expansion joints. Any change in the direction of these components can create friction forces resulting in pressure loss. A reduction in pressure in your piping system will create several operational issues.
Pipe pads are designed to lower vibrational friction created by moving parts of the piping system. Lower friction ensures that piping pressures and rates of fluid flow remain optimal at all times. Additionally, by lowering friction, pipe pads maintain your pipes’ protective coating by preventing parts from rubbing against each other.
Pipe pads are very easy to install. The pads are directly fixed to the pipes using a highly effective epoxy adhesive to ensure a secure seal. The epoxy is flexible and features high peel strength, ensuring it remains in place.
Installation of the pipe pads doesn’t require any welding and is a fairly straightforward exercise. The pipe pads can be installed before or after you add paint to your pipes as well as during the fabrication process.
Pipe pads are an effective way to protect your pipes by ensuring they remain in excellent shape. The pads save a lot on time and resources. In addition, they give you a guarantee that your pipes will keep functioning optimally.