"ARMOR PLATE® PIPE WRAP WAS DEVELOPED TO PROVIDE THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY WITH AN ECONOMICAL PIPELINE REPAIR SYSTEM FOR CORRODED AND MECHANICALLY-DAMAGED PIPES."
The use of composite materials has had a profound impact on the integrity management programs of most pipeline companies. Early efforts dating back to the mid-1990s focused on using composite materials for the repair of corrosion defects; however, over time the use of composite materials has evolved into the reinforcement of pipeline anomalies/features including dents, girth welds, wrinkle bends, branch connections, and seam weld defects.
A significant amount of knowledge has been gained in studying the performance of composite materials used to repair high pressure gas and liquid pipelines. Much of this work has been sponsored and funded by the composite manufacturers, as well as the Pipeline Research Council International, Inc.
Recognizing the potential for developing a pipe repair method using composite materials, Armor Plate, Inc. started an extensive testing program in the fall of 1997. The intent of this research program was to ensure that the Armor Plate® Pipe Wrap system meets and exceeds the ASME PCC-2 standards and repair needs of the oil and gas industry. Stress Engineering Services, Inc. of Houston , Texas was selected as the engineering firm to conduct the evaluation because of their extensive experience in pipeline analysis and testing.