Overcoming the cost of corrosion with composites
Corrosion is one of the most expensive forms of failure that can affect materials such as pipes, tanks and boats. Historically, corrosion has been the cause of a large percentage of pipeline failures and other material failures.
These failures often result in expensive problems not only because you have to replace the corroded material, but because the corrosion can cause leaks that damage the environment and require more expenses for cleanup. Since corrosion is such a major issue for industrial, marine and other industries that involve high exposure to chemicals and water, many industries use composites.
Using composites helps prevent corrosion-related issues
Corrosion costs American industries an estimated $300 billion per year in repair and replacement. Composite manufacturers helped solve this problem with the innovation of fiberglass-reinforced plastics.
Fiberglass-reinforced plastic is able to be used in many applications where corrosion may be an issue. This material is strong, lightweight and corrosion resistant. This means it requires less maintenance, repairs or replacement, which saves businesses a lot of money over the years.
Fiberglass-reinforced plastic is a popular material in many applications today. However, the more recent development of vinyl ester resin has made even further improvements in the anti-corrosion field of composites.
What are vinyl ester resins?
Vinyl ester resin is a laminate for bonding fibers into a solid single component. It is essentially a combination of polyester resin and epoxy. It is highly corrosion resistant, temperature resistant and strong.
For these reasons, many industries use vinyl ester resins to line tanks and pipes or the hulls of marine craft. Vinyl ester resin is an affordable and effective option for producing materials that can last a long time against corrosion and general wear and tear.
Composites One is the number one composites distributor in North America
Whether your business lays pipeline or builds boats, you’ll need the best anti-corrosion composites you can find. At Composites One, we have thousands of composite materials available for you.
We have 41 distribution centers across the United States and Canada, so we can deliver your materials quickly. Contact us today to learn more about anti-corrosion composites like fiberglass-reinforced plastics or vinyl ester resins.
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