Due to the StrongBack tape’s preset malleability it is excellent for reinforcing elbows, bends and other odd shaped segments. The StrongBack Composite Systems can also be applied underwater by divers and in most cases without requiring an underwater habitat.
As a self-contained, resin-impregnated, water-activated wet lay-up wrapping system, the StrongBack can be a permanent, high strength alternative to metal Sleeves, welding and other mechanical repairs. Installation can be completed in minutes and without requiring any special tools. A high post-cure strength is achieved by the material’s inherent strength, physical characteristics and a complete fit-up integrity and conformity between the reinforcing wrap and the pipe.
Extensive creep testing has indicated that the long term (25 year) load carrying capacity of the StrongBack tape is in excess of 50% of its static strength. Even at elevated temperatures the indicated load carrying capacity exceeds 45% of its initial room temperature strength.
The StrongBack Composite Systems conform to the latest DOT regulations for pipelines. The repair, which can be considered as permanent and the coating of the pipeline is achieved in just one procedure. All the materials can be shipped “Non-Regulated” by USDOT, IATA, and IMO.
The design (numbers of plies) and precise material requirements of the StrongBack Composite System can be determined from the StrongBack SleeveCalc® mini-CD. A minimum of four (4) plies are required for all reinforcement systems, regardless of pipe diameter.
STRONGBACK PIPE REINFORCEMENT SYSTEMS
Used in partnership with the load transfer, undercoat, the GS–561 epoxy, to restore full strength to damaged or corroded sections of pipelines, girth welds, piles, etc.
Proven as an effective long term or temporary substitute on pipe with significant wall loss.
Applied to risers, J tubes and in splash zones, rock shield, pipe saddles, pull throughs.
Provides effective corrosion prevention barrier, particularly in high temperature situations in the atmosphere, buried or underwater.
Is nonconductive up to 16,000 volts in its cured state. It can be used to cover and insulate electrical connections and apparatus.
For patching, leak sealing, etc., above and below water, pipe hangers, braces, clamps, railings, fences, etc.