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Composite Repair refers to the process of using composite materials in order to repair damaged assets. Composites can be used to temporarily repair process piping, pipelines, heat exchangers, hoses, storage tanks, and other pressure vessels.

The use of composite materials to repairs existing equipment occurs in many industries besides the oil & gas industry. These include the marine, power generation, mining, automotive, aerospace, and civil infrastructure industries.

Composite repairs are helpful alternatives to traditional maintenance practices because they can often be performed without having to shutdown the equipment. Likewise, different types of composites can be designed for use in different environments, to have different properties, and to repair different types of material.

Composite repairs are commonly examined for fitness for service using ultrasonics, radiography, holography, and thermography. X-ray and Gamma-ray inspection, while less common, are also particularly useful for composite repair inspection.

While composite repairs are useful, they aren’t perfect and the process does have flaws. Composites are often heavier, weaker, or stiffer than the original material. Because of this, they aren’t perfect for every situation. Even in situations where composite repairs are viable, they shouldn’t be counted on to last indefinitely.

This type of repair used to be considered only as a last resort, but is slowly becoming more common as a temporary repair alternative.

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Articles about Composite Repair
July/August 2021 Inspectioneering Journal

This article discusses how composite materials can be used to mitigate light CUI damage and/or repair and restore structural strength to the affected piping system.

Authors: Casey Whalen
January/February 2021 Inspectioneering Journal

Restoring process piping within a short time frame requires an innovative approach. This article discusses how a repair using composite materials proved to be successful and enabled a quick return to operations.

November/December 2020 Inspectioneering Journal

The author estimates that, if the composite repair approach is implemented properly in place of welding repairs, approximately 70-80% of hot work at operating sites could be eliminated.

Authors: Ashfaq Anwer
July/August 2017 Inspectioneering Journal

Composite technology developed for pipeline repair can be a cost-effective method of improving safety while keeping maintenance costs down. However, composite materials present significant challenges to conventional NDT methods.

November/December 2015 Inspectioneering Journal

This study provides valuable information for offshore pipeline operators curious about how composite repair systems could be utilized with their assets.

Authors: David A. Hunter
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Piping accounts for roughly 40% of “accidental releases” at major petroleum facilities. Modern robots can inspect every inch of piping while still in service, giving you a clear picture of your most concerning areas.

May/June 2015 Inspectioneering Journal

In recent years, the growing use of composite repair systems for the rehabilitation of piping systems in the refining and chemical industries has increased the need for associated technologies for their manufacturing, installation, and inspection....

Authors: David A. Hunter
January/February 2015 Inspectioneering Journal

Epoxy products have gone through extensive research and development over the years, and have reached the point that when specified for the correct environment, they should perform exactly as intended.

Authors: Clint Rupert
January/February 2015 Inspectioneering Journal

Engineered Composite Repair (ECR) systems are moving into mainstream usage at a faster pace than ever. This increased usage and exposure is working to push them into new frontiers and commands a more demanding understanding of their basic functions.

Authors: Matthew Green
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In 2013 Inspectioneering published content covering a wide array of topics, from risk-based inspection, to advanced nondestructive testing methods, to pipeline integrity management systems. Last year, we published more content than any year prior;...

Authors: Nick Schmoyer
September/October 2013 Inspectioneering Journal

Composite repair systems can be a great option for owner/ operators to extend the life of their assets without disrupting operations.

Authors: Matthew Green
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