LONGER SERVICE LIFE AND EFFICIENCY FOR YOUR IRRIGATION AND FERTIGATION SYSTEMS
When designing an irrigation or fertigation system, it is essential to evaluate the types of materials to be used. Zinc-plated steel pipes, for example, tend to undergo corrosion processes, especially in situations of use for fertigation, where liquid or solid fertilizers are diluted in water.
Therefore, when you choose Petrofisa’s FRP pipe technology, you guarantee a material as resistant as steel and your irrigation or fertigation system gains longer service life, as the product provides greater resistance to corrosion. Not to mention that fiberglass pipes are much lighter than traditional materials, therefore easier to transport and to handle.
Petrofisa’s FRP solutions for irrigation will help you lower the total investment in the design and will allow for the optimization of the pumping system.
ADVANTAGES OF FRP PIPES FOR IRRIGATION AND FERTIGATION APPLICATIONS
Immune to corrosion
FRP (Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic) pipes are completely inert and resistant both internally and externally to any type of chemical corrosion, whether salt water, H2S, generic, galvanic, intergranular, or graphitic corrosion, elements that frequently affect metallic pipes.
FRP is among the materials with the lowest roughness coefficients, which means that its completely smooth interior surface requires less energy for fluids to circulate, thus offering greater abrasion resistance than metallic pipes.
Synergistic effect of the corrosion-abrasion binomial
The fluid’s combined corrosive and abrasive actions create a devastating synergistic effect for the corrosion of metals. Fiberglass pipes, as they are immune to corrosion and have high resistance to abrasion, break the synergistic effect of this binomial, so harmful to metallic materials.
Resistance to elevated temperatures and weather
In fertigation applications, temperatures can vary greatly. We manufacture pipes with specific resins that provide greater durability in these conditions. The surface of the pipe is composed of a layer based on thermosetting resin added with an inhibitor of UV-A and UV-B rays, which gives the pipes excellent resistance to aging.
The safety factor for internal pipe pressure is up to 4 times the rated pressure. A rated pressure (PN) pipe of 1.6 MPa (16 kgf/cm2 or 160 mca) is hydrostatically tested to burst pressure, which reaches about 64 kgf/cm2.
Lightweight and extremely durable
FRP pipes are a quarter the weight of steel and are 25% lighter than aluminium.
In terms of life cycle, composites can last more than 50 years without the need for maintenance.