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How Rubber Derivatives are the Secret to Cost Effective and Safe Pipelines

Recently, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board identified in a report that the 2012 rupture of a "a Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation natural gas pipeline in West Virginia was caused by external corrosion that could have been discovered by the pipeline operator."

The rupture of the damaged pipeline caused a fire and damaged parts of a nearby road. The event also required a lengthy two-year investigation. Such damage and expense can be prevented by proper maintenance and the use of high quality equipment.

SplashTRON® is a rubber-based coating that can line and case equipment and structures in the splash zone. Created in 1961, the product is a form of organic rubber derivatives.

Its unique properties make it a durable and long-lasting product that is highly desirable in industrial application.

SplashTRON XM® is a new urethane subsea insulation coating with a Viton fluoroelastomer base and embedded microspheres formulated in to the polymer. This gives it good thermo insulating properties, strength, water-resistance, and flexibility.

Both of these rubber derivatives offer high-quality coatings and casings for machinery and parts. They also offer tough yet flexible protection against exposure to the elements, electrical insulation, and thermal insulation.

The Benefits of Rubber Elastomers

Applied to the splash zone during part fabrication, SplashTRON® provides complete protection against the erosive action of abrasive-laden seawater, the harsh attack of ozone and ultraviolet rays, incidental impact from boats and floating debris and the effect of sea life which builds upon all offshore installations.

SplashTRON® is used in pipeline coating but can also be applied to J-Tubes, bends, platform legs and diagonals, risers and riser clamps, and spools.

Like many of the rubber and polyurethane products used in the petroleum industry, this rubber elastomer offers a multiplicity of time and money-saving properties in its industrial application. It should be noted that:

"An important feature of SplashTRON® in pipeline coating application is the fact that it is completely and permanently bonded to the metal surface, and because it is flexible, it won't crack or disbond as the members bend, expand, and contract."

Additionally, SplashTRON® pipeline coating does not require routine maintenance and is an extremely durable material. Because of these unique properties, SplashTRON® has been used by Mark Tool in pipeline coating projects for over two decades.

Pipeline Coating: A Common Application of SplashTRON® in the Oil Industry

SplashTRON®'s rubber base offers a variety of characteristics that prove invaluable in applying it as a pipeline coating. SplashTRON® is prime material for use by the petroleum industry’s offshore operations.

Formed from rubber, it discourages the buildup of fungus and bacteria (bio-fouling) and is resistant to the elements. Another of the widely-applied characteristics of rubber also present in SplashTRON® is as a thermal insulator and temperature stabilizer which helps to maintain desired temperature within the contents of a pipeline.

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