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FRP Applications for Common Fracking Chemicals

Within the Fracking Industry there are many opportunities for FRP applications.  For example, chemical storage, containment, handling, transport, and batching—to name a few.  Whether you are working with breakers, clay stabilizers, acids, corrosion inhibitors, acids, biocides, crosslinkers, friction reducers, scale inhibitors, pH adjusting agents or gelling agents—chances are FRP products (i.e. tanks, vessels, pipe etc.) can be designed to meet your service requirements and job specifications. 

Here is a short list of common fracking chemicals, all of which FRP can be employed.

FRP Applications for Common Fracking Chemicals

Chemical Name CAS Chemical Purpose Product Function
Hydrochloric Acid 007647-01-0 Helps dissolve minerals and initiate cracks in the rock Acid
Calcium Chloride 010043-52-4 Product Stabilizer Breaker
Ammonium Persulfate 007727-54-0 Allows a delayed break down of the gel Breaker
Sodium Chloride 007647-14-5 Prevents clays from swelling or shifting Clay Stabilizer
Isopropyl Alcohol 000067-63-0 Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent Surfactant
Formic Acid 000064-18-6 Prevents the corrosion of the pipe Corrosion Inhibitor
Boric Acid 001333-73-9 Maintains fluid viscosity as temperature increases Crosslinker
Ethylene Glycol 000107-21-1 Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent Gelling Agent
Acetic Acid 000064-19-7 Prevents precipitation of metal oxides Iron Control
Potassium Hydroxide 001310-58-3 Adjusts the pH of fluid to maintains the
effectiveness of other components, such as crosslinkers
pH Adjusting Agent
Potassium Carbonate 000584-08-7 Adjusts the pH of fluid to maintains the effectiveness of other components, such as crosslinkers pH Adjusting Agent
Naphthalene 000091-20-3 Carrier fluid for the active surfactant ingredients Surfactant

Of course the type of resin you choose as well as other design considerations such as operating temperature, pressure, vacuum, concentration of chemicals will need to be considered before engineering your product. 

In general, isophthalic and vinyl ester resins are suitable for a wide range of conventional and custom FRP applications.  Their ability to withstand a multitude of chemical applications and their unique properties are directly related to their chemistry.

Isophthalic resins have a high- molecular weight, thermosetting resins offer superior physical and corrosion resistance properties in stringent harsh environments.  Similarly, vinyl ester resins are versatile and are able to retain many of the qualities epoxies typically posses, such as tensile strength, elongation, fatigue resistance, and good alkali and oxidizing chemical resistance.

Beyond the twelve chemical applications listed above there are more—literally thousands more.  There are opportunities everywhere and FRP offers many benefits including cost-effectiveness and corrosion/abrasion resistance.  Additional chemical applications can be found in many resin manufacturer guides.

Because each job has unique requirements please contact Beetle Plastics or a resin manufacturer regarding specific design specifications. We will work with you to ensure that our products meet your expectations in terms of both quality and service. Our custom FRP products are high quality, easy to install and have long life cycles.