New, trenchless application for the SuperLaminate by QuakeWrap repair system. Instead of digging up a half block of cityscape for each public system water main leak, the engineers at PipeMedic by QuakeWrap have devised a system allowing for corrosion resistant, fast repair FRP laminates to be deployed directly at the leak location, without the need for excavation. This system engineering is supported by the USEPA.
A 72-in corrugated metal pipe culvert was structurally rehabilitated by StifPipe® Technology. These sections were light enough that two workers could easily push them into position inside the culvert by hand. The elimination of heavy equipment on such a remote site for pushing or pulling the pipe segments into position results in significant cost savings and improved safety for the workers.
29 deteriorated pipes in Aguirre Power Plant for Puerto Rico Electrical Power Authority (PREPA)were repaired with the Award-Winning StifPipe™technology. The custom-made pipes fit snugly inside the host pipe with little loss of flow capacity.
A 1.1 mile long x 84 inch diameter concrete penstock was repaired for the El Encanto Hydroelectric Power Plant in Costa Rica. Glass FRP was used to line the pipe from inside. The pipe was only accessed through 4 small opening; so the project was a 100% trenchless application. 150,000 square feet of fabric was installed in only 15 days. This is the longest project for repair of pipelines with FRP and it was recognized by two international awards.
This video shows how the new InfinitPipe®technology can be used to construct a new pipeline or repair and retrofit existing corroded or leaking pipes.
With funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation awarded through a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant, we are excited to announce the recent completion of the InfinitPipe® Mobile Manufacturing Unit (MMU). This game-changing, patent-pending technology developed by Professor Mo Ehsani, allows us to build a pipeline of virtually any size and length onsite! The MMU shown in the video is designed to build 8-inch (200mm) diameter pipes, and the pipe shown in the video can resist over 500 psi (35 bars) internal pressure! We are currently seeking opportunities to research and test InfinitPipe® further, and we will continue to update our readers and followers with news of our progress.
A new repair solution from the team at PipeMedic by QuakeWrap uses an engineered FRP laminate to repair a missing section of large pipe. Many older gas pipes have drip pots that are no longer needed. Other large pipes have T-connections that must be abandoned. In both cases, a strong material is needed to bridge over the gap and create a continuous pipe in the field — all in a remote trenchless operation! More information on this SuperLaminate can be found at https://pipemedic.com/superlaminate.php
Rare time lapse video of the FRP Construction team in action, repairing a culvert using carbon fiber reinforced polymer (FRP). FRP Construction is the specialty installation company of QuakeWrap, Inc., the original developers of structural repair using carbon FRP systems. This video is courtesy of FRP Construction, LLC.
The challenges of remotely repairing a high pressure gas pipe were overcome in this project. Later, Trenchless Technology awarded this venture the Project of the Year award (2011).