ALIANCYS DELIVERS GREAT SERVICE PROVIDING CHEMICAL RESISTANCE ADVICE
Composite components are being used for their excellent durability and resistance to a wide variety of chemicals. Manufacturers of industrial equipment use these components as they are vital for ensuring continued process operation. Ronald Uitterdijk explains how Aliancys helps itS customers to select the right resin solution for obtaining both great chemical resistance and optimized system cost.
DESIGNED FOR DURABILITY
Industrial process equipment is designed for a long and reliable operating life. While it may be for storing chemicals or water, for cold and warm conditions, for pipes or vessels, the equipment has to withstand tough environments. Engineers must be sure that the components do not crack or fail, so that a continuous process operation can be guaranteed.
“Our customers typically know very well how to design the structural components of their equipment”, explains Ronald Uitterdijk, Associate Scientist at Aliancys. “But when it comes to selecting the right resins, laminate build-up, thickness of the corrosion layer, and types of glass and surfacing veils, they often come to us for advice or for a second opinion.”
GREAT CHEMICAL RESISTANCE
The combination of using aggressive chemicals at elevated temperatures clearly poses some interesting questions on the choice of composite materials. How is material strength evolving over time? How to deal with mixtures of chemicals, different media going through the same pipe, or temperature fluctuations? How do additives for improving electrical conductivity or for improving abrasion resistance affect chemical resistance? These questions clearly require a serious investigation of material and design alternatives.