Pipe wear and corrosion are dreadful enemies that every industry has to deal with. Over the past half-century, different approaches to studying corrosion’s national costs show the equivalence of 3-4% of each nation’s GDP. Metal corrosion costs the U.S economy nearly $300 billion annually. Globally, the figure stands at a staggering $2.2 trillion.
Beyond the astronomical figures, pipe wear can also lead to catastrophic destruction, workplace injuries, and halted production processes. Even worse, the enemy is sneaky and slowly-creeping, hard to detect with the naked eye.
Corrosion Prevention Methods
However, pipe wear and corrosion don’t have to be scary. There are effective pipe protection systems that you can use to keep your pipeline safe and extend its life. Pipe pads are among the most popular solution for piping projects.
Pipe wear pads are composite liner membranes that provide a light coat of protective material for your pipes. The pads are placed under joints and metal to metal surfaces, acting like a protective layer. The composites prevent metal abrasion that results from pipes grinding against each other.
Still not convinced how pipe wear pads can extend the life of your metal piping systems? We’ve identified three ways you can use DynaGard pad systems for long-term pipe integrity.
1. Insulate Pipes
Heat and moisture are the two most common issues for engineers designing a piping network. Alternating cycles of rapid heating and cooling of the pipes cause pipe wear. The temperature changes cause metal pipes to expand, contract, and move. External cracks start to appear, which leads to leaks within the pipes. The moisture lining the outer surfaces leads to a build-up of rust, eroding pipes. Wear pads work in both extreme heat and cold conditions. The non-conductive composite reduces thermal movement, which contributes to longer-lasting pipe systems.
2. Reduce Friction Loss
Pipe wear pads provide a protective coating that prevents metal pipes from vibrating against each other. As the slurry flows within the lines, vibrations are inevitable. The slight movement of the piping system and its supports could lead to structural damage. The frictional forces may also cause pressure loss that results in operational constraints. The pipe protection pads reduce vibrational friction, thus assisting in extending the plumbing system.
3. Prevent Corrosion
Your industrial piping system is exposed to harsh corrosive forces. Pipe wear via corrosion occurs gradually over long spells, which eventually leads to erosion. As a plant manager, there are two common corrosion culprits you should be mindful of.
- Galvanizing corrosion: Occurs where two dissimilar metals are in close contact. It kick-starts an electrochemical reaction that sees one metal pull electrons from the other less reactive one. A pipe wear pad insulates the pipes, forming a physical barrier that separates the metal surfaces.
- Surface Pipe Wear: The constant movement and rubbing of metal pipes peel the protective paint layer present. Condensation on the surface leads to moisture build-up that results in rust. A pipe wear pad creates a buffer zone, preventing moisture penetration. Your piping system remains safe, having extended life.
Protect Your Plumbing
Pipe wear and corrosion can lead to substantial financial losses, on top of other risks. The DynaGard Pipe wear pad seeks to prevent the unseen enemy from creeping into your pipes. In the end, your plumbing systems remain strong, resilient, and can last longer.