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Leak Repair & Reinforcement Service

INTRODUCTION

Our client is a well-known oil and gas company in Indonesia, with presence in many South East Asian countries.  The sump tank at our client’s plant had heavy corrosion, cracks, and leaks.  Due to the content of the tank, repair work to stop the leak had to be performed without hot works.  For this reason, the client reached out to Alchem for our composite repair solutions.

PROPOSED SOLUTION

Upon examination of the tank, our service specialists recommended a repair solution with our SmartStic® Epoxy Sticks, Fix’n’Fast Bond® Metal Repair Putty, CorSmart® Resin & Activator, CorSmart® Surface Tissue and SealXtreme® Repair Patch in order to repair the leaks and reinforce the tank.

 

Fig 1. Sump Tank

Fig 2. Physical Inspection of Tank

Fig 3. Minor leak at Bottom of Tank

EXECUTION

Before any repair works could be done, a thorough physical examination was conducted on the tank from top to bottom.  The inspection revealed the most severe leaks to be at the lower half of the tank, with less severe leaks at the bottom of the tank.

For the more severe leaks, our specialists used our SmartStic® Epoxy Sticks and Fix’n’Fast Bond® Metal Repair Putty to repair the leaks and our CorSmart® Resin & Activator with our CorSmart® Surface Tissue to reinforce the leaks.

For the less severe leaks, the SealXtreme® Repair Patch was applied directly onto the cracks to stop the leaks.

Fig 4. Repair of Leak with Epoxy Stick Fig 5. Repair of Leak with Epoxy Stick Fig 6. Repair of Leak with Metal Repair Putty

PROJECT COMPLETION

Our client’s tank was not only repaired but also reinforced against future leaks and corrosion with our C-SmartSeal® repair, rebuilding, and reinforcement products.

Fig 7. Completed Repair with Resin
& Activator and Surface Tissue
Fig 8. Completed Repair with Repair Patch

 

PRODUCTS FEATURED

Composite Repair System

C-SmartSeal® Composite Repair System offers a range of repair, rebuilding, and reinforcement products for corrosion and leak repair.  The system provides structural strengthening to weakened pipes, vessels, tanks, structures and equipment. It was designed to sustain high pressure, temperature, and provide chemical resistance with reliable and effective methods to repair corrosion damages.  It effectively stops leaks, cuts down critical pipeline system downtime, and facilitates extension of service life of pipes, vessels, tanks, and other structures.

     
SmartStic® Epoxy Sticks are ready to use, hand-kneadable, metal-filled epoxies used to fill and repair holes, cracks and defects. The product is quick-curing and cost-effective in returning worn-off parts and equipment back to service. The product is non-toxic, non-combustible, odorless and develops excellent bonding to almost any substrate surfaces.   Fix’n’FastBond® Metal Repair Putties are high performance metal-filled epoxies used for pipeline reinforcement, routine maintenance, production and tooling applications. They are suited for repairing holes, cracks and defects, and are quick-curing and cost-effective.
     
CorSmart® Resin & Activator is a two component epoxy anti-corrosive coating used for corrosion resistance and protection for metals, plastics and many substrate materials. It mainly acts as a corrosion barrier, remediates and reinforce pipelines, vessels, storage tanks and other structures.   CorSmart® Surface Tissue is a randomly oriented fiberglass which when distributed with a resin binder provides resin reinforcement and a smooth resin-rich surface to the composite. The product is used in combination with CorSmart® Resin & Activator to exhibit high tensile and corrosion resistance and protection for pipes, storage tanks and roofs.
     
SealXtreme® Fiberglass Repair Tape provides an industrial strength, permanent, quick, and cost-effective  solution to repair and reinforce any kind of pipe leaks in minutes without the need for expensive and time consuming pipeline shutdown.    
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