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What is Thermoplastic Isolator (TPI)?
Thermoplastic isolators provide optimum support and eliminate pipe contact with the supporting steel.
- Moisture/water can be trapped between the pipe and support, which can initiate corrosion of the pipe
- In addition, when TPI is placed between the pipe and the supporting structural steel, it can prevent cathodic reaction
Iron + Water + Oxygen = Rust ➞ Corrosion
Piping Technology & Products can fabricate TPI designed for use with u-bolts. Our u-bolts, have a hot-dipped galvanized finish and are coated with Polyshrink. The Polyshrink acts as a barrier between the u-bolt and the pipe to prevent corrosion, and it also adds protection.
Benefits of Thermoplastic Isolator (TPI):
- TPI has a very high compressive strength
- It is subject to very little “creep” over the period of time
- TPI is easy to fabricate
- Cutting and drilling holes can be easily done
- Easy to Install
- Very economical when compared to the leading competitor
- It can be used with different types of pipe supports
Installation of TPI:
TPI can be placed or attached to structural steel by three different methods.
- Self-tapping screw or bolting
- Double-sided adhesive tape
- With u-bolt
Common Industry Application:
- Petrochemical plants
- LNG plants
- Offshore platforms
- Wastewater plants
- Parking garage
- Marine pipelines
Types of TPI:
There is a total of 3 different types of TPI available based on thermal properties.
- TPI White – Maximum Service Temperature 181°F
- TPI Amber – Maximum Service Temperature 340°F
- TPI Tan – Maximum Service Temperature 480°F
|TPI White||TPI Amber||TPI Tan|
|Property Value||ASTM Test||Imperial||Imperial||Imperial|
|Density||D792||0.0516 lb/in3||0.0458 lb/in3||0.047 lb/in3|
|Tensile Strength||D638||11,000 psi||17,000 psi||16,000 psi|
|Tensile Modulus of Elasticity||D638||450 ksi||500 ksi||630 ksi|
|Elongation (At Break)||D638||30%||60%||40%|
|Flexural Modulus of Elasticity||D790||450 ksi||500 ksi||600 ksi|
|Flexural Strength||D790||13 ksi||20 ksi||25 ksi|
|Compressive Stress||D695||16 ksi||22 ksi||20 ksi|
|Coefficient of Friction||QTM 55007||0.25||0.42||0.32|
|IZOD Impact (Notched)||D256||1 ft-lb/in||0.5 ft-lb/in||0.6 ft-lb/in|
|Rockwell Hardness||D785||M 88||M 115||M 105|
|Maximum Service Temperature||(Long Term)||181ºF||340ºF||480ºF|
|Coefficient of Linear Expansion||E831||47 µin/in/ºF||31 µin/in/ºF||-|
|Electric Strength||D149||450 V/mil||830 V/mil||480 V/mil|
Key Factors in choosing PT&P’s Thermoplastic Isolator over Competitors:
- All suppliers of plastic components for these types of supports, purchase raw materials from some of the same sources
- PT&P’s TPI is equivalent to competitors, but the price of TPI is much lower
- In addition, TPI can be tested in any independent lab
|Property Value||ASTM Test||TPI - White||Competitor|
|Density||D792||0.0516 lb/in3||0.0509 lb/in3|
|Tensile Strength||D638||11,000 psi||9,400 psi|
|Tensile Modulus of Elasticity||D638||450 ksi||380 ksi|
|Elongation (At Break)||D638||0.3||30-60%|
|Flexural Modulus of Elasticity||D790||450 ksi||400 ksi|
|Flexural Strength||D790||13 ksi||13 ksi|
|Compressive Stress||D695||16 ksi||15 ksi|
|Coefficient of Friction||QTM 55007||0.25||0.25|
|IZOD Impact (Notched)||D256||1 ft-lb/in||1 ft-lb/in|
|Rockwell Hardness||D785||M 88||M 88|
|Maximum Service Temperature||(Long Term)||181ºF||181ºF|
|Coefficient of Linear Expansion||E831||47 µin/in/ºF||54 µin/in/ºF|
|Heat Deflection Temperature, 264 psi||D648||250ºF||220ºF|
|Electric Strength||D149||450 V/mil||420 V/mil|
|Result from above comparison, both products are equivalent|
|Property Value||ASTM Test||TPI – Amber||Competitor|
|Density||D792||0.0485 lb/in3||0.0462 lb/in3|
|Tensile Strength||D638||17,000 psi||16,500 psi|
|Tensile Modulus of Elasticity||D638||500 ksi||500 ksi|
|Elongation (At Break)||D638||0.6||30-60%|
|Flexural Modulus of Elasticity||D790||500 ksi||500 ksi|
|Flexural Strength||D790||20 ksi||20 ksi|
|Compressive Stress||D695||22 ksi||22 ksi|
|Coefficient of Friction||QTM 55007||0.42||0.42|
|IZOD Impact (Notched)||D256||0.5 ft-lb/in||0.5 ft-lb/in|
|Rockwell Hardness||D785||M 115||M 112|
|Maximum Service Temperature||(Long Term)||340ºF||340ºF|
|Coefficient of Linear Expansion||E831||31 µin/in/ºF||31 µin/in/ºF|
|Heat Deflection Temperature, 264 psi||D648||400ºF||400ºF|
|Electric Strength||D149||830 V/mil||830 V/mil|
|Result from above comparison, both products are equivalent.|
|Property Value||ASTM Test||TPI - Tan||Competitor|
|Density||D792||0.047 lb/in3||0.047 lb/in3|
|Tensile Strength||D638||16 ksi||16 ksi|
|Tensile Modulus of Elasticity||D638||630 ksi||500 ksi|
|Elongation (At Break)||D638||0.4||0.2|
|Flexural Modulus of Elasticity||D790||600 ksi||1000 ksi|
|Flexural Strength||D790||25 ksi||25 ksi|
|Compressive Stress||D695||20 ksi||20 ksi|
|Coefficient of Friction||QTM 55007||0.32||0.4|
|IZOD Impact (Notched)||D256||0.6 ft-lb/in||1.0 ft-lb/in|
|Rockwell Hardness||D785||M 105||M103|
|Maximum Service temperature||(Long Term)||480ºF||480ºF|
|Coefficient of Linear Expansion||E831||-||-|
|Heat Deflection Temperature, 264 psi||D648||320ºF||320ºF|
|Electric Strength||D149||480 V/mil-||480 V/mil-|
|Result from above comparison, both products are equivalent.|
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Pig Launcher and Receiver
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Constant Drawing with J Dimension Shown
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