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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 climate of global economics, whether you are a small family business or a multi-national corporation, businesses need to be efficient to be profitable. This concept applies equally to the operation of heavy industrial plants, such as for chemical processing, power generation, mineral/metals processing and pulp & paper mills. With today’s global markets and regulations, it only further challenges a company’s operations and profitability.

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In June of 2015, OSHA instituted a new regulatory requirement for plant process equipment, commonly known as RAGAGEP, Recognized and Generally Acceptable Good Engineering Practices. This is a Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard, which basically says that all process equipment must be properly and completely documented for PSM processes and in accordance with RAGAGEP. This includes initial design as well as inspection documentation. The later refers to mechanical integrity assessment and testing to document safety and satisfactory condition for current operations.

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Recently I posted a Blog discussing some of the challenges of engineers in designing FRP systems. This posting is a continuation of that discussion.

I have frequently said that in an FRP piping system, the manufacturing of the pipe is the most controlled part of the project process. Most FRP piping is manufactured in a shop, having a controlled environment. In most cases, the piping is filament wound with a synchronized and computer controlled material delivery system. It has been my experience that 70% of the failures arise due to lack of understanding of the material in design and/or deficiencies related to pipe supports.

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Some patents for FRP manufacturing go back to the 1940’s and 1950’s. FRP has been used in industrial service for tanks and piping for over 45 years. That’s a long time, and in services from seawater to chlorine dioxide to sulfuric acid. Having success in a variety of industries, such as chemical process, pulp & paper and power utilities all over the world. Yet, with all this success, confidence and expectations for FRP are still low with some engineers and plant end-users. Why is this?

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Calculating the Specific Gravity (SG) of a substance is easy. It is the ratio of the density of a substance to the density of water,

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From the Maverick Blog

  • Blog Article – 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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Maverick Webcast

Expansion Joints for FRP Connections

Presented by Rob Coffee at the 2nd Annual Plant Engineer’s FRP Forum. Rob is the VP of Sales and Marketing at Proco Products, Inc., and he discusses Expansion Joints for FRP Connections.

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