ACMA Chemical Processing Symposium to Showcase Corrosion and Composites Experts

The American Composites Manufacturers Association ( ACMA) has announced the program for its Chemical Processing Symposium 2012: Managing Corrosion with Non-Metallics. The two-day event, which is being held May 23-24 in Houston, Texas, will showcase an impressive roster of case study presentations and educational sessions focusing on why composites are particularly suitable for use in the highly corrosive environments of chemical processing applications.

Included on the program for Wednesday, May 23: Using Composites in Chlor-Alkali Plants, presented by Justin Merritt of KBR Engineering; Hyrochloric Acid and FRP (fiber-reinforced plastic), presented by Dale Keeler of Dow Chemical Company; Uses of FRP Construction for Corrosion Resistance in Sulfuric and Phosphoric Acid Applications, presented by Tino Prado of Prado & Associates; Gas-Tight FRP Flange Connections, presented by Deborah McCauley of DuPont and Material Choices for Bromine Service, presented by Hardin Wells of Albemarle Corporation.

Among the topics on Thursday, May 24: Proper Design of FRP Equipment Using Corrosion-Resistant Resins, presented by Michael G. Stevens of Ashland Performance Materials; Proper Design of FRP Equipment Using Corrosion-Resistant Reinforcements, presented by Kevin Spoo of Owens Corning; RTP-1, A Standard for FRP Storage Tanks, presented by Jeff Eisenman of Maverick Applied Science; Design of Dual Laminate Vessels and Tanks, presented by Brian Linnemann of RL Industries, Inc.; and FRP Pipe and Fitting Design, presented by Kira Townsend of RPS Composites.

“Education has always been a key component of ACMA’s work on behalf of the composites industry,” notes Symposium Planning Committee Chairman Thom Johnson of Ashland Performance Materials, who will be delivering an overview presentation on Composites in Chemical Processing. “The program for this event reflects that. It also illustrates an on-going effort to reach out to – and better inform — engineers and end users about composites’ unique and superior qualities in chemical service.”

Each day’s program will also feature a panel discussion moderated by Terry Cowley of DuPont, which will provide attendees with an opportunity to question the Symposium’s expert speakers. In addition, there will be an Exhibit Hall spotlighting corrosion-related composites products and services. Among the scheduled exhibitors: AOC Resins; Ashland Performance Materials; Composites One, LLC; Corrosion Products of Texas; ErgonArmor; Litek Composites Corp.; Maverick Applied Science; Owens Corning; Reichhold, Inc.; and RPS Composites.

NACE International, the world’s largest organization dedicated to the study of corrosion, is partnering with ACMA as a participating organization in this Symposium. Ashland is the event’s overall sponsor.

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