Future Pipe Industries

Future Pipe Industries BV (FPI) is a producer of composite pipes and fittings, that are used predominantly in the oil and gas industries. The composite pipes and fittings consist of epoxy resin reinforces with glass fibres. The glass fibres are bought at the world market and subsequently stored in the product locations of Future Pipe Industries in the Middle-East and Europe. These glass fibres have been equipped with a special coating to be able to process them properly. This coating, especially, is sensitive to the atmospheric circumstances that they are kept in in relation to the duration of exposure.

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Decrease in quality

The degree of this quality decrease depends on the supplier and type of glass. Its mechanism has numerous parameters and at the moment there is not yet a standardized method of testing. Through TechForFuture, Saxion was asked to research a method to predict the quality of the coating. Researchers and students have looked at the influencing parameters and have developed testing standards.

Successful research by Saxion students

Martin Bennink, Lecturer Nano technology is responsible for the project. “Together with FPI with have researched a method to test the reason why some batches are of good quality and others are not by looking at the coating on both micro and nano scales. The research, which is conducted with our Saxion students, shows that an infra-red spectrometer is best used for this purpose. The collaboration between Saxion and FPI was really successful and the company is interested in future cooperation. They are in need of knowledge about a method with which they can test the heat resistance of the coating, because the circumstances in which the pipes are stored, especially in Asia, are sometimes extreme.”

TechForFuture

TechForFuture works together with high-tech companies that want to develop their knowledge in the field of HTSM. They get direct access to the expertise of the educational and knowledge institutions, research labs and innovation centers in the field of high-tech mechatronics, nanotechnology, smart materials, plastics, IT in new products and systems. Through their correspondence to demands from the HTSM-market, a new influx of technicians with knowledge, creativity and extensive practical experience is formed.

Date: 12 December 2016
Source of tekst: Saxion University of Applied Sciences
Author: Twente.com