For the better part of the past 20 years, composite materials have been used to repair damaged piping and pressurized components in plants, refineries and pipelines. The use of composite materials has been accompanied by comprehensive research programs focused on the development and assessment of using composite technology for restoring the integrity to damaged piping and pressurized components. Of particular interest are composite repair standards such as ISO 24817 and ASME PCC-2 that provide technical guidance in how to properly design composite repair systems.
The vast body of research completed to date has involved assessments at ambient conditions; however, at the present time there is significant interest in evaluating the performance of composite repair materials at elevated temperatures. This paper is focused on the topic of high temperature composite repairs and addresses the critical role of using temperature-based mechanical properties to establish a composite repair design. The backbone of this effort is the development of composite performance curves that correlate change in strength as a function of temperature. Supporting full-scale pressure test results are included, along with guidance for users in how to properly design composite repair systems for applications at elevated temperatures.
Souza, J., Whalen, C., and Alexander, C., “Composite Repair Performance at Elevated Temperatures”, 8th Pipeline Technology Conference, March 18 - 20, 2013, Hannover, Germany.