Engineered Composites

Corrosion. It’s more than a problem. It’s an epidemic.

Corrosion is this dire of a situation in our nation. That’s why Thompson Pipe Group is committed to offering a diverse range of material options to address this challenge. Our line-up wouldn’t be complete without offering dependable and tested composite options to help right our country’s infrastructure course. Thompson Pipe Group manufactures:

It’s not your father’s FRP Pipe.

Composites are often misunderstood in the marketplace. Back in the 1970s, Disco and polyester jumpsuits were big and the first cast fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) pipes tended to be brittle. Consequently, potential customers fear that FRP pipes may be damaged during transport or installation underground. But times have changed. And so have FRP Pipes. Thompson’s Flowtite® FRP pipes offer versatility, resistance to corrosion, and other durable qualities making it highly suitable for a variety of surface, open-cut and trenchless applications. Economical and long-lasting, FRP offers many advantages to owners, engineers, contractors, and the general public. It’s suitable for gravity, pressure, irrigation, jacking, sliplining and a range of other applications. Turns out polyester makes you sweat, Disco makes you dance funny. And today’s FRP pipes move to a whole new groove.

The jack of all pipes.

This single pass pressure pipe has an outer loadbearing wall of reinforced concrete and an inner Flowtite® FRP fiberglass liner pipe. The wall thickness of the RCP is designed to accommodate the jacking loads and distances under consideration and the dimensions of the equipment used in the jacking process. The Flowtite® FRP liner is built to withstand the internal pressure of even the most aggressive sanitary sewers and other corrosive liquids. Flow-Crete™ is supplied with injection ports and pressure compression rings to facilitate jacking operations when required.

Thank you, may I have another?

Need something that can take a beating and keep on performing? Our steel reinforced polymer concrete collection system structures can stand up to aggressive H2S conditions, unforgiving installations, and even severe loading.

Today’s demanding conditions on our collection systems require a material that can stand up to those conditions. Without batting a proverbial eyelash. The conversion of H2S gas into sulfuric acid can destroy collection system components in months. Gulp. Until now, the solution has been to apply short term coatings or linings to those materials, use flexible non rigid materials, or lower the life expectancy of the components. Not exactly a sustainable solution.

The real solution for today’s challenging conditions is steel reinforced polymer concrete manholes, microtunnel pipe, and structures. And Thompson is your go-to source to deliver it.

Poly-vous Concrete Pipe?

We speak the language of all piping needs. Reinforced polymer concrete pipe is a composite material consisting of polyester resin, quartz sand, silicate aggregate and quartz filler. Since Portland cement performs poorly in an acidic environment, it’s not used as a binding agent.