What’s next step in resin development?
A lot of resins developed for use in the corrosion industry actually come from the chemical processing industry. Companies like Dow, Shell and Oxychem developed some of the best resin technologies currently employed in chemical processing. Our lineage is from these same folks who continue to buy and use composite solutions. In the future, the industry is always looking for greater environmental compliance and better performance. There are a lot of innovations out there, for example resins with higher temperature tolerance, and new dual laminate technologies.
What is the main focus of the upcoming Chemical Processing Symposium?
Unlike many conferences that have fiberglass manufacturers talking about composites, this symposium has end users discussing how they use composites. We have a host of speakers from the chemical industry that will talk about best practices for corrosion applications within the chemical industry. It is a very credible group that will address the use of FRP, where it works well, when and why it’s used. They will be able to talk about equipment they have in their plants and how it’s working for them. The fact that the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) is sponsoring this event shows how valuable it will be. They are primarily a metals-based association so for them to step in and say composites are worth learning about, it says a lot and their members should pay attention.
What’s should attendees look forward to?
Along with bringing in end-users, we’re also bringing in design engineers and fabricators out of the corrosion industry to talk about how to design FRP for corrosive chemical applications. We want to give end-user attendees and design engineers more choices so they can be more successful in their facilities. Our goal is to enlighten them on best practices so they don’t have to go back to the same old metal-based solutions.