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Sabic’s UDMAX GPE 46-70 tape is designed for reinforcing industrial applications, such as pipes and

Sabic’s UDMAX GPE 46-70 tape is designed for reinforcing industrial applications, such as pipes and



Sabic unveils composite tape

The chemicals giant has launches new UDMAX thermoplastic composite tape featuring high strength for pipe and pressure vessel reinforcement

June 2018

Sabic, a global leader in the chemical industry, has introduced a new UDMAX GPE 46-70 tape at the recently held JEC World 2018. The tape is designed for reinforcing industrial applications, such as pipes and pressure vessels.

The product is the newest addition to its expanding portfolio of UDMAX unidirectional fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composite tape products, the company said in a statement.

Commercially available worldwide, the new glass-filled high-density polyethylene grade is designed for reinforcing industrial applications, such as pipes and pressure vessels, offering tensile strength. The company claimed that the product has one of the highest glass content available in the industry today combined with optimal thermoplastic resin impregnation owing to Sabic’s proprietary high-pressure fibre impregnation technology (HPFIT). By using UDMAX tape to reinforce oil, gas and water pipes, boilers and storage tanks, customers can significantly increase mechanical performance while reducing weight and help improve corrosion resistance in the most demanding environments, it added.

Sabic’s UDMAX GPE 46-70 tape: offering tensile strength

Sabic’s UDMAX GPE 46-70 tape: offering tensile strength

“As pipe and pressure vessel manufacturers face rising demand for higher performance, longer life and greater safety, advanced thermoplastic composite technologies from Sabic can offer a practical solution for various industrial applications,” said Hans Warmerdam, commercial director, Sabic Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics (FRT).

“Our new UDMAX GPE 46-70 tape delivers the exceptional strength needed to meet tough industry challenges, and promotes more efficient pipe and pressure vessel designs for transport and installation. This new product also illustrates how Sabic continues to invest in technological innovations that give our customers an ever-increasing selection of strong, lightweight thermoplastic composites in place of traditional materials,” he added.

 

UNIQUE TECHNOLOGY

The UDMAX GPE 46-70 tape offers lightweight and high strength and is a replacement for metal and other traditional materials. Featuring Sabic’s HPFIT that quickly and precisely enables the spread and combination of thousands of glass or carbon fibres with a thermoplastic matrix, the UDMAX GPE 46-70 tape has 70 per cent fibre by weight content – one of the highest available today. “Maximising fibre content can raise tensile strength up to 957 MPa, which in turn affects the burst pressure resistance of a pipe or vessel – a key performance indicator,” said Joris Wismans, technical director, Sabic FRT.

HPFIT also enhances UDMAX tape in several other ways, by offering: Good fibre distribution for uniform performance; twist-free fibre orientation as twisting reduces mechanical properties; a uniform and consistent tape thickness that helps optimise the conversion process and product design.

 

EXPANDED DESIGN FREEDOM

Reinforcing pipes and pressure vessels with UDMAX tape offers designers new options for achieving desired performance. For example, the use of UDMAX GPE 46-70 tape can enable pipes to withstand higher loads, while reducing the number of tape layers for less-demanding environments, lowering overall weight for easier transport and installation.




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