Florence, Ky., Sulzbach, Germany, Shanghai, PR China -- 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. Ticona will showcase the composite pressure pipe with Celstran CFR-TP at the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE), Booth #2539, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in New Orleans, and JEC Americas 2013, Booth #G22, Oct. 2 to 4 in Boston.
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.
This is the fourth time Ticona has been recognized with a JEC Innovation Award for composite applications:
• 2013 JEC Innovation Award in the Aeronautics category - Fokker Aerostructures, AgustaWestland, TenCate Aerospace Composites and Ticona developed the first thermoplastic composite tailplane put into production on the AgustaWestland AW169.
• 2011 JEC Innovation Award in the Thermoplastics category - Cutting Dynamics Inc. (CDi), along with Ticona, TenCate Advanced Composites and A&P Technology (A&P), developed a modular composite seat back assembly used in passenger seat assemblies on lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft.
• 2010 JEC Innovation Award in the Aeronautics category - Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Fokker Aerostructures, KVE, TenCate and Ticona developed the first welded thermoplastic composite aircraft primary structure on the Gulfstream G650.
Created in 1998, the goals of JEC Innovation Program are to: identify, promote, and reward the most innovative composite solutions worldwide; encourage companies that are involved in composite innovation along with their partners, and also enhance their public exposure; and contribute to the advancement of the composite industry. The selection criteria for the JEC Innovation Awards are technical excellence, exemplarity of the chain of partners, market potential, and originality.
Composite Fluid Transfer’s Fiberflex-11 pipe - 10.5-inch inner diameter, 11.1-inch outer diameter pipe rated at a 250 pounds per square inch operating pressure - is specifically designed for general water transport infrastructure, including distribution systems, oil and gas operations, hydraulic fracturing feed water and produced water, large irrigation systems, tank farm operations and dewatering systems. A key strength is the adaptability of the product to meet fluid transfer market demands outside of the oil and gas industry.
It can easily be altered to operate at higher pressures, in tougher environments, at higher temperatures, with larger diameters, and with any type of piping system connections. For example, the burst pressure of the finished pipe can be increased as necessary from the current design, which delivers a burst pressure of 500 pounds per square inch (psi) by varying the number of layers of Celstran CFR-TP tape consolidated on to the thin wall HDPE pipe liner. The flexibility of the product and supporting process innovation allows for a continuous evolution of the piping solution to meet an ever-expanding set of market and application requirements.
About Celanese and Ticona
Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. With sales almost equally divided between North America, Europe and Asia, the company uses the full breadth of its global chemistry, technology and business expertise to create value for customers and the corporation. Celanese partners with customers to solve their most critical needs while making a positive impact on its communities and the world. Based in Dallas, Texas, Celanese employs approximately 7,600 employees worldwide and had 2012 net sales of $6.4 billion. For more information about Celanese Corporation and its product offerings, visit www.celanese.com or our blog at www.celaneseblog.com
Ticona, the engineering polymers business of Celanese Corporation, is part of the Advanced Engineered Materials segment with net sales of $1,261 million in fiscal 2012. It produces and markets a broad range of high performance products, and employs more than 1,500 individuals at production, compounding and research facilities in the USA, Germany, Brazil and China. For more information, please visit www.ticona.com or www.ticona.cn (Chinese language).
About Composite Fluid Transfer LLC
Composite Fluid Transfer, LLC has manufacturing operations at Synergy Park of Kilgore, Texas. For more information regarding Composite Fluid Transfer or composite pipe products, contact Chris Taylor at 406-565-7053.
About Valeron Strength Films
Valéron Strength Films, with locations in Houston (TX), Essen (Belgium) and Shanghai (China), is the single source supplier of Valéron® film, a unique cross-laminated, flexible specialty film with unique mechanical properties that can be found in a number of very demanding applications worldwide such as construction, specialty packaging and print media. Valéron Strength Films is a Division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW), a Fortune 200 company based in Glenview, IL with net sales of $17 billion USD and more than 65,000 employees worldwide. For more information, please visit our website: www.valeron.com
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