Best Abrasion Resistant Piping Solutions

abrasion resistant piping solution

Steel piping systems are commonly employed in coal-fired power plants for a number of uses, including the transport of coal ash slurry to surrounding settling ponds, the transfer of calcareous slurry to absorbing spray towers to extract sulfur dioxide (SO2) and hydrogen chloride (HCl) from flue gases, and the processing of calcium sulfate by-product from the flue gas desulfurization cycle.

Moreover, as such abrasive, caustic slurries are transferred though a steel pipe, the result may be destructive on the inner surface. In these transport systems abrasive wear is created when hard particles are pressed against or slid along the pipe wall. The material loss occurs from the rough, sharp angular edges that create a cutting or shearing motion on the pipe surface, which in more serious situations may contribute to pipe leakage and even collapse, or severe repairs and downtime for pipe replacement

The mild steel tubing for such abrasive applications is not robust enough to hold up to the presure for more than a year or two. Maintenance engineers are now searching for superior piping alternatives to minimize maintenance and prolong machine life at a price point that does not have a huge effect on the budget.

Abrasive Applications

Coal-fired plants often use limestone slurry to easily extract sulfur dioxide and hydrogen chloride from the flue gases. This system for desulfurizing wet scrubber flue gas (FGD) using a pumped in calcareous slurry from which flue gas containing SO2 is transferred by absorber spray towers. The calcareous slurry reacts with the flue gas which extracts the SO2. The slurry limestone is then turned into calcium sulfate. Such waste material produced by the process is then pumped via a steel pipe from the bottom of the spray towers for further use for use in commercially viable by-products such as gypsum board and cement.

In order to cope with the highly abrasive and caustic qualities of these various slurries, plant operations managers search for a range of abrasion-resistant steel pipe materials and attachments to substitute traditional mild steel pipes in such high-wear areas.

Pipe Options

There are already a range of “abrasion-resistant” items and components on the market to substitute mild steel tubing in high-wear environments. Many work on the assumption that the tougher surface works out when two artifacts cross. As such, goods are available in a range of through hardness, calculated from A-R steel (200 BHN) to iron cast pipe (up to 800 BHN) on the Brinell Scale. Unfortunately, any substance that is very rough on the entire thickness of the wall is often incredibly fragile. Such fragility is undesirable because tube structures are continually bent and rotating leading to pressure waves and spikes and mechanical and physical interaction at the factory.

At 600 BHN, this induction-hardened pipe’s inner surface can endure most typical abrasives, and tapers to an outer surface of 250 BHN that is ductile enough to handle regular handling during shipping, deployment and maintenance. Using this patented technique, pipes can be produced in differing lengths and wall thicknesses in various diameters up to 40 inches.

As the exterior surface is like mild steel, the component can be cut and welded correctly in the field, fitted into a range of fittings and can accommodate normal flanges, welding rings and couplings end choices.

As the outer surface is like mild steel, the component can be cut and welded in the field, fitted into a range of fittings and can accommodate the normal end choices for flanges, welding rings and couplings. The manufacturer will also produce the pipe in long-range bends to help minimize fatigue and avoid the regular maintenance, repair and related costs acknowledged as the standard in high-damage applications for bends and elbows

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Best Abrasion Resistant Piping Solutions

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