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WAY AHEAD IN CORROSION CONTROL

ELIMINATE CORROSION
AT PIPE SUPPORTS

Deepwater EU Ltd. i-rod.com


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PERIL AT PIPE SUPPORTS


Process piping failures can have catastrophic
results, and corrosion at pipe supports is one of
the major causes.
What causes crevice corrosion?

Trapped
water

1. The shape of a 2. This softens the 3. When moisture is


cylindrical pipe on a paint, which fails trapped, the
flat surface forms a and causes bare resulting corrosion
crevice where steel to be can cause rapid wall
moisture gathers constantly in loss and eventual
and cant evaporate. contact with water. failure of the pipe.

Dont blame metal-to-metal contact


Beam supports, saddle supports and External corrosion at pipe supports is When moisture is trapped and air
pipe shoes all create crevices that an extremely common problem that cant circulate to evaporate it,
retain water. Trapped moisture is what drives up maintenance costs and corrosion damage is likely to occur.
causes corrosion at pipe supports. creates hazardous conditions.
After constantly reporting severe
A major misconception is that pipe support corrosion during
metal-to-metal contact is the main offshore inspections, Deepwater
cause of corrosion at pipe supports, Corrosion Services developed I-Rod,
but that is incorrect; the main culprit the only product that can prevent this
at supports is crevice corrosion. widespread problem.

Both pipes at right have suffered


substantial wall loss caused by
crevice corrosion.
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HOW I-ROD WORKS


ITS A SIMPLE AND INEXPENSIVE SOLUTION

Pipe is supported NuBolts are When a pipe sits on a flat metal trapped, so corrosion no longer
by the half-round covered with support, theres a perfectly-formed occurs. When I-Rod is used, its far
shape of I-Rod, polyshrink to
area for trapping moisture. easier to inspect the contact area,
which minimizes protect the paint
the contact area so on the pipe during and air can circulate and evaporate
water isnt trapped. installation. When the round pipe is supported moisture beneath pipes. I-Rod also
by the rounded edge of I-Rod, the electrically isolates the pipe and
contact point is minimised so that support, so theres no contact
theres no crevice. Water cant be between dissimilar metals.

With pipe elevated I-Rod electrically


by I-Rod, moisture isolates the pipe
evaporates before from metal supports,
paint fails. preventing galvanic
Inspection is also corrosion between
much easier. dissimilar metals.

I-ROD CLIPS
ELIMINATE CREVICE CORROSION ON CLAMPS

The I-Rod Clip eliminates crevice An adhesive strip can be applied


corrosion at saddle clamp supports, to the rear of the clip to secure
Grinnell clamps and pipe shoes, all it during installation.
of which tend to trap water.
I-Rod Clips are available in
The I-Rod Clip snaps into the inside I-Rod, I-Rod HT or PEEK material
diameter of the support, providing a and can be manufactured to fit any
low-profile standoff. This allows support; just give us the nominal
ventilation and drainage that pipe size and the thickness of the
prevents water accumulation. saddle or pipe shoes to be fitted.

The clips are held in place by the weight of


the pipe and an adhesive strip, and can be
easily retrofitted on existing pipe runs.
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POLYSHRINK
NU-BOLT ASSEMBLY
THE MOST POPULAR I-ROD INSTALLATION METHOD

Designed by Deepwaters NACE- not designed to protect the U-bolt.


certified corrosion engineers, our The material is a strong, cross-linked
Nu-Bolt assembly combines I-Rod polyolefin that is UV-stable and
with a modified pipe-U-bolt. rated for service in temperatures
BATCH NUMBER up to 110C (230F).
Several corrosion-resistant bolt
choices are offered to ensure I-Rod, I-Rod HT & PEEK
long-term service in the harshest For most applications, standard
operating environments. For I-Rod thermoplastic is the best
higher-temperature applications, material choice. It provides excellent
the I-Rod may be replaced with support, tremendous compressive
I-Rod HT, which provides higher strength and low creep.
BOLT COATING
I-ROD
melting temperatures and If constant operating temperatures
THERMOPLASTIC compressive strength. For even get above 180F, then I-Rod HT
more extreme conditions, PEEK is (amber-coloured) or PEEK
available for use in temperatures up (tan-coloured) can be used.
to 249C (480F).
Non-gripping option
Bolt coating Non-gripping Nu-Bolts are
Our standard U-bolt is durable available for securing pipes to
galvanized black steel (GPS), but for supports while leaving enough
HD Galvanized SermaGard 316 Stainless Steel
added protection you can also clearance to allow for movement
choose 316 stainless steel (S6PS) or due to thermal expansion.
SermaGard, a tough corrosion
coating that endures the most severe I-Rods tremendous record
conditions with excellent results. I-Rod is specified by most major oil
companies and has been installed
Polyshrink hundreds of thousands of times
Polyshrink is applied over the shank worldwide. In over 25 years, there
of the U-bolt to protect the pipes has never been a single reported
Non-gripping Nu-Bolt paint system during installation; it is failure of a pipe protected by I-Rod.

I-ROD ADHESIVE
WHEN BOLTING IS NOT POSSIBLE

I-Rod adhesive is designed to


securely anchor strips of I-Rod in
situations where drilling and
bolting would be difficult. Its a
great solution for using I-Rod on
solid concrete supports that cant
be fitted with U-Bolts, or for
locations where drilling through
metal is restricted or would require
a hot-work permit.
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NOTCHED I-ROD
PROTECTS STAINLESS STEEL TUBING

Stainless steel tubing can suffer


considerable corrosion damage if
moisture remains trapped beneath
it. Notched I-Rod supports allow
increased airflow between the
surface of the tubing and base to
eliminate moisture accumulation
Notched I-Rod is available in lengths up to
three feet and can be configured to securely or condensation that causes
hold different-sized tubing side-by-side. corrosion problems.

HIDDEN DANGER OF PADS


WEAR PADS AND RUBBER PADS CAN INCREASE RISK

A big misconception is that metal-


to-metal contact causes most pipe
corrosion, so some people use
rubber pads. Unfortunately, rubber
pads make the situation worse by
forming crevices that attract and 2
hold water. The rubber prevents
1
evaporation, which leads to rapid
crevice corrosion. Wear pads are
1. Sunocos Marcus Hook refinery explosion possibly even more dangerous.
was due to corrosion hidden by a wear pad.
They can trap moisture against
2. Pipe corrosion caused by moisture trapped
beneath a rubber pad. steel pipes and cause extensive
3. A wear pad with corrosion visible at the corrosion because its impossible 3
edges; theres plenty more beneath the pad. to inspect beneath them.

BEWARE OF IMITATIONS
WHY THE FAKES WILL BREAK

I-Rod products are manufactured


from extremely durable materials
able to support enormous amounts
of weight. During offshore
inspections, our technicians
routinely discover cheap, low-
grade imitations of I-Rod that have
broken or crushed, leaving pipes
dangerously unprotected. Always
Real I-Rod is printed with a traceable batch
number as shown, and each shipment make sure youre getting genuine
includes a certificate of authenticity. I-Rod and not an inferior copy.
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HOW TO ORDER I-ROD

Pipe size Temperature U-Bolt finish Weight load I-RodClips


Measure the outer Determine your pipes Standard Nu-Bolts Use the table at Measure the width of
diameter of the pipe. maximum operating come with a long- http://stoprust.com/ your saddle clamp, pipe
Nu-Bolts are available temperature. Use lasting, hot-dip- products-and-services/ hanger or support
in standard sizes that fit standard I-Rod up to galvanized finish. nu-bolt/ to estimate the cradle. These are the
1/2 to 36 diameters. 181 F (83 C), I-Rod HT Alternate options weight on each pipe edges that the I-Clips
Custom sizes are up to 340 F (171 C), and include 316 SS or an support. Use up to three will snap over.
available. Pipes 8 and PEEK up to 480F ultra-durable strips of I-Rod to meet
smaller use 1 I-Rod; (249 C). The maximum Sermagard load requirements.
those 10 and larger operating temperature aluminum-ceramic Pipes 8 and smaller use
require 1 I-Rod. for polyshrink on coating for the harshest 1 I-Rod; 10 and larger
U-Bolts is 230F. environments. require 1 I-Rod.

Select the appropriate material based on operating temperature.

Material Max Operating Temp. Melting Point Comp. Strength Coefficient of


(L Term) F / C F / C ksi / MPa friction (dry vs steel)

I-Rod (White) 181 / 83 329 / 168 15 / 103 0.25

I-Rod HT (Amber) 340 / 171 410 / 210 22 / 152 0.42

PEEK (Tan) 480 / 249 644 / 340 20 / 137 0.40

CONTACT

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