FRP Asset Operator Reference Manual

JMC Composites has published a reference manual of best practice for operators of FRP (fibre reinforced plastics) assets such as pipes, tanks, dual laminate tanks, access structures etc. used within industrial sites and processes.

FRP (or composite) materials are significantly more complex than conventional materials and extremely varied in their constituents and hence in their properties. It is essential that the operator of FRP assets has an appropriate level of knowledge and understanding of the behaviour, performance and specification of FRP materials

A need was recognised for an independent and consistent document to advise the operators of FRP assets on the best practice for:

  • Specification
  • Installation
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Inspection
  • Repair

of tanks, pipes and access structures fabricated from FRP.

The primary applicable areas include:

  • Power stations
  • Water distribution
  • Waste water treatment
  • Chemical process plant
  • Hydroelectric schemes

The aim has been to produce a suite of documents to satisfy this need. After a significant amount of work, the Manual is now successfully completed and it is readily available for purchase.

The Reference Manual allows the asset operator to specify new projects with confidence that the pitfalls have been considered and that they are not reliant solely upon the integrity of candidate suppliers to ensure safe and reliable installation and project completion. It details procedures to be adopted to ensure safe operating practices and it specifies methodologies for the appropriate maintenance and repair of FRP assets.

The document is a controlled issue. i.e. it will be updated regularly for a period of 3 years. This will allow information to be updated as appropriate.

Publication date:  January 2015

The reference manual is published in A4 ring bound format for ease of use and includes 4 main sections.

Section 1 is a general introduction to FRP including raw materials, process, properties and general degradation mechanisms whereas each of sections 2, 3 and 4 include a commentary on and guideline inspection procedures for the use of FRP pipes, tanks and access structures respectively. The topics covered are detailed below:-

Section 1:

Introduction to the materials processes and properties and degradation mechanisms of FRP

Section 2:

Commentary on the life management of FRP pipes

Inspection and maintenance of above ground FRP pipes

Inspection and maintenance of below ground FRP pipes

Section 3:

Commentary on the life management of FRP tanks

Inspection and maintenance of above ground vertical FRP tanks

Inspection and maintenance of above ground horizontal FRP tanks

Inspection and maintenance of below ground FRP tanks

Section 4:

Commentary on the life management of FRP access and support structures, structural panels and covers

Inspection and maintenance of FRP access and support structures

Inspection and maintenance of FRP structural panels and covers

 

For further information : contact JMC Composites Ltd by email at info@jmccomposites.co.uk