FIELD EXPERIENCE WITH NOVEL HIGH PERFORMANCE POLYURETHANE ELASTOMERS FOR WEAR PROTECTION IN SLURRY PIPELINES AND IN BALL MILLS

World Mining Congress
Material loss by abrasion of contact surfaces of pipes, chutes, pumps, and other equipment in contact with ore is one of the main reasons for downtime of mining operations. Abrasion protection materials in use range from expensive tungsten carbide overlay to hardened steels, ceramics, as well as polymers, particularly polyurethanes (PUR). This paper describes abrasion protection products made from High Performance Polyurethane Elastomers. An interior pipe coating was developed that exhibited outstanding abrasion resistance and an extremely high adhesion to steel. Years of field testing in oil sands tailings as well as applications in slurry lines (e.g., phosphate slurries) have proven the performance of this material. A proprietary field joining process was developed and successfully applied in the field. This joining process requires only one field weld per joint very similar to the joining of uncoated pipe. No internal re-coating is necessary adding savings during pipe laying to the significant savings of reduced down time.
Keywords: Elastomers; Elastomer; Performance; Pipe; Coatings; Materials; test; Tests; wear;
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