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ACMA chemical processing symposium to focus on managing corrosion with non-metallics

United States, Houston

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) is set to hold its first symposium examining why composites are particularly well-suited for use in the highly corrosive environments of chemical processing applications on May 23-24, 2012, in Houston, Texas.

The objective of the two-day symposium, which will feature speakers from Dow, DuPont, KBR Engineering, Ashland and Owens Corning, is to help engineers and end users better understand how composites products can be key to designing better, stronger and more reliable chemical processing systems. At the same time, it is intended to offer composites manufacturers, suppliers and distributors an opportunity to learn about the corrosion-related issues that matter most to end users.

The first day of the symposium will focus on presentations by chemical manufacturing industry experts who will discuss their experiences with Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) in their own plants and will conclude with a general panel discussion plus attendee Q&A. Among the corrosive chemical manufacturing environments to be covered are those involving chlor alkali, chlorine dioxide, hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid and sodium hypochlorite.

The second day will involve composites industry speakers offering instructive insights into how to design with FRP for the most effective corrosion service. Topics included on the agenda are designing with CR resins and reinforcements, piping system design and field fabrication.

“This symposium is an outgrowth of the successful Construction, Corrosion and Infrastructure Conference sponsored by ACMA in May of last year,” says Planning Committee Chairman Thom Johnson of Ashland. “We recognized that there is a disconnect between the composites industry and many chemical processing engineers due to their lack of familiarity with FRP as a material science. We want to close this gap and drive home how durable and cost-effective composites can be in highly corrosive environments. It’s a win-win situation. Design engineers and end users discover better solutions to their corrosion challenges and the composites industry has a fresh chance for outreach and market growth in the chemical manufacturing environment.”