One of Progressive Pipeline Management’s most innovative trenchless techniques is the use of using Carbon Fiber Structural Reinforcement Sleeves (SRS) to secure the integrity of damaged pipelines. PPM use high-strength carbon fiber material in the form of a “sleeve” inserted robotically into the pipeline. Carbon fiber is light, with high-tensile strength, high temperature tolerance, and low thermal expansion, properties which make carbon fiber ideal in diverse applications, from aerospace and engineering, to motorsports and sailing.
PPM’s robotic devices and method of installing carbon fiber sleeves, have been part of our ongoing effort to improve the efficiency of CIPL. Our unique process, developed initially in 2011, has been used effectively to reinforce bridge abutments, reinforce corroded high-pressure gas mains, and to span gaps in pipelines (for example, where drip pot standpipes must be removed). Based on an individual project’s requirements, PPM can design, develop and test custom robotics to install carbon fiber sleeves in pipelines safely and effectively. Robotics with extendable reach features can cut away the existing drip standpipes, allowing the carbon fiber sleeve to create a “bridge” across the drip cavity. The carbon fiber bridge allows for seamless CIP lining while saving our clients the costs associated with unnecessary--and expensive--excavations.