Processing Magazine

ACMA symposium to focus on managing corrosion with non-metallics

March 8, 2012

HOUSTON — The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) is set to hold its first symposium examining why composites are particularly well-suited for use in the highly corrosive environments of chemical processing applications on May 23-24, 2012, in Houston, Texas, according to bymnews.com.

The two-day symposium, which will feature speakers from Dow, DuPont, KBR Engineering, Ashland and Owens Corning, aims to help engineers and end users better understand how composites products can be key to designing better, stronger and more reliable chemical processing systems.

“This symposium is an outgrowth of the successful Construction, Corrosion and Infrastructure Conference sponsored by ACMA in May of last year,” said Planning Committee Chairman Thom Johnson of Ashland. “We recognized that there is a disconnect between the composites industry and many chemical processing engineers due to their lack of familiarity with FRP as a material science. We want to close this gap and drive home how durable and cost-effective composites can be in highly corrosive environments. It’s a win-win situation. Design engineers and end users discover better solutions to their corrosion challenges and the composites industry has a fresh chance for outreach and market growth in the chemical manufacturing environment.”