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Composite Pipe with Celstran CFR-TP from Ticona wins JEC Americas 2013 Innovation Award

News International-French

9 Sep 2013

Composite Fluid Transfer LLC has won a prestigious JEC Innovation Award for its new composite pressure pipe that features Celstran continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites (CFR-TP) from Ticona, the engineering polymers business of Celanese Corporation.

Composite Fluid Transfer, Ticona and Valéron Strength Films, which supplies a protective outer wrap, will receive the “Pipes & Water Management” category award at 4 p.m. on Oct. 2, Wednesday, during the awards ceremony at the JEC Americas 2013 – Composites Show & Conference in Boston.

The award recognizes the innovative Fiberflex-11 pipe with multiple options for robust connections that Composite Fluid Transfer of Kilgore, Texas, designed for general water transport infrastructure applications.

The composite pipe incorporates Celstran CFR-TP continuous fiberglass reinforced high-density polyethylene (HDPE) thermoplastic composite tape, which is wound around a specially designed, extruded thin-wall HDPE thermoplastic liner and heat consolidated by a proprietary process developed by Composite Fluid Transfer. The pipe construction adds an outside layer of HDPE film manufactured by Valéron to protect the system from both ultra-violet and abrasion damage.

At 4.26 pounds per foot, the Fiberflex-11 pipe is lighter than comparable diameter and pressure rated composite and plastic pipe. Two people in the field can easily lift and carry the pipe, which avoids the high cost of using large unloading equipment, increases safety and minimizes work site damage and reclamation costs. A 30-foot section weighs only 128 pounds vs. the same length of 12-inch HDPE SDR 9 pipe that weighs 655 pounds, making it 80 percent lighter. The Fiberflex-11 pipe system also offers several robust coupling/connector options, including a two-bolt patent-pending quick coupling design.