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As much as we've all heard about carbon footprints, few of us know about water footprints. In addition to the regular water we associate with food and beverages, there is something called "virtual water." That's the water it actually takes to manufacture or grow something to the point where we use it, eat it, wear it or do something else with it. Check out the blog to read more.

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The Maverick blog is meant to provide you, the reader, with information across a broad spectrum of topics involving or related to the use of FRP pipes, vessels and tanks in corrosive or abrasive environments. Here you will find technical discussions as well as general interest items, some developed by Maverick staff, some from other sources and some suggested by you. Check back frequently for the latest posts.

In today's world of "just in time" scheduling for maintenance or replacement of equipment, it is critical to have good historical inspection data to reduce the risk of unexpected failure.

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According to a report in the Charleston Gazette, the West Virginia DEP's new "law requires all tanks to be registered with the DEP and sets up requirements for tank safety, spill prevention and response, and inspections. The initial tank safety certifications, due by Jan. 1, 2015, will be conducted under a separate rule the DEP issued to ease that process."

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FRP piping in a solvent extraction application

Although a relative newcomer to the mineral/metal processing industry, fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) has been a material of construction for piping and process equipment for more than 50 years.

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Maverick Applied Science

The American Standard, ASTM D 5364, “Standard Guide for Design, Fabrication and Erection of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics Chimney Liners for Coal Fired Units” requires that the lowest ovalling frequency of a fiberglass reinforced plastic chimney liner shall not be less than 2Hz. From engineering practices and numerical experiments, the authors find that the frequency calculated in accordance with ASTM D 5364 deviates considerably from results using FEA. A modified equation has been proposed in this paper to better evaluate the lowest ovalling frequency for FRP chimney liners.

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From the Maverick Blog

  • Pipe Stress Analysis of Nonmetallic Piping Systems

    Plant Owners and Engineers are becoming much more knowledgeable regarding design concerns and expectations for nonmetallic piping systems....

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Hazardous Chemical Byproducts and FRP: What You Should Know

Waste incineration facilities dispose of some of the most hazardous and corrosive by-products in the chemical process industry. Find out why FRP...

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Performance Conditions and Applications for High Temperature Resins

Presented by Michael G. Stevens at the 3rd Annual Plant Engineer's FRP Forum.  Mike is currently a Principal Scientist in Ashland Composites.  His responsibilities include handling technical support and development of corrosion resistant and fire retardant resin systems.