Dissipative infrastructure repair system breaks new ground
17 Jul 2019
How do you repair a pipe, crack or displaced joint using a material or method that will dissipate static charge and ensure that there is no threat of explosion?
The BSI issues standard BS60079-32 for electrostatic hazards in potentially explosive atmospheres, to which infrastructure repair systems in potentially explosive atmospheres should conform.
Up to now materials used have fibre glass patches, polyester liners and epoxy coating systems, which are insulators, meaning they break the continuity of the static flow and allow it to build up, causing the potential for spark, explosion and possible chain reaction.
Up to now it is thought that industry has been effecting repairs to negate environmental risk, unwittingly introducing an explosion risk.
This is set to change thanks to Conductorliner, says the company, which is EN/BS60079-32 compliant and is also believed to be the first 100% dissipative infrastructure repair system in the world.