ACMA Symposium To Examine Highly Corrosive Environments

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) will hold a two-day symposium on May 23-24 in Houston, which will examine how well composites are suited for use in highly corrosive environments of chemical processing applications. The symposium will feature industry experts from Dow, DuPont, KBR Engineering, Ashland and Owens Corning.

Intended to help engineers and end users better understand how composites products can be key to designing better, stronger and more reliable chemical processing systems, the symposium will also provide an opportunity for composites manufacturers, suppliers and distributors to learn about the corrosion-related issues that matter most to end users.

On the first day, chemical manufacturing industry experts will give presentations on experiences with Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) in their own plants, which will be followed by a general panel discussion and Q&A. Among the corrosive chemical manufacturing environments to be covered are those involving chlor alkali, chlorine dioxide, hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid and sodium hypochlorite.

The second day will involve composites industry speakers offering instructive insights into how to design with FRP for the most effective corrosion service. Topics included on the agenda are designing with CR resins and reinforcements, piping system design and field fabrication.

“There is a disconnect between the composites industry and many chemical processing engineers due to their lack of familiarity with FRP as a material science,” noted Ashland’s Thom Johnson, planning committee chairman. “We want to close this gap and drive home how durable and cost-effective composites can be in highly corrosive environments.”

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