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Despite the added complications of working in a pandemic, 3X Engineering successfully completed a tank repair earlier this year

In July 2020 pipeline repair and protection specialist 3X Engineering was asked to reinforce a tank suffering from severe external corrosion leading to a through wall
defect (a hole measuring 15×15 mm and depth 5 mm).

After analysis of the tank and defect characteristics, 3X Engineering decided to repair the installation using a Reinforcekit Patch, specially designed for tank long-term repair. According to ISO 24.817 and 3X repair calculations, they applied 6 Kevlar patches covered with epoxy resin
(size 300x300mm).

Before starting the repair, surface preparation was completed using Bristle Blaster to get a good surface roughness (between 60 and 100 µm) and thus ensure a good bonding between the steel tank and the composite system.

Hygrometric conditions were checked and the whole prepared surface was cleaned with acetone before starti...

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