Fiberglass Operating Aisle Platform Components for Highly Corrosive Environments

Strongwell fabricated and preassembled a 10' x 250' component of fiberglass operating aisle platform from EXTREN Series 625 structurals and molded grating for use in the caustic chlorine plant portion of a Saudi Arabian petrochemical project valued at $3.6 billion.

Strongwell fabricated and preassembled a 10

The platforms were supplied in preassembled condition to Saudi Arabia. Four fiberglass operating aisle walkways that have the same design are used between chlorine cells. Fluor Corporation of Irvine, California managed and procured this project, and Dravo Corporation of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania designed the chlorine facilities.

Advantages of Using Fiberglass

Selecting appropriate materials for use in the chlorine production area was vital due to corrosion and safety factors. The selection of fiberglass was owing to its excellent resistance to the highly corrosive materials such as hydrochloric acid, chlorine, and sodium hydroxide. Although glass will be attacked by sodium hydroxide, the structural shapes’ synthetic polyester surfacing veil and resin rich surface provide adequate protection from this caustic agent.

Moreover, the non-conductivity nature of the fiberglass was also a reason for its selection in designing the platform components. Since up to six million volts DC can be generated by the electrolysis, the use of conductive materials was reduced by design. Besides providing the aisle platforms, Strongwell also supplied electrical barriers, handrail systems, ladders and ladder cages for the project.

Technical Data

Product: Operating Aisle Platform
Process: Pultrusion
Materials: EXTREN Series 625 fiberglass reinforced vinyl ester, fire retardant
Sizes: EXTREN structural shapes:
10" x 10" x 3/8" Wide flange beam;
8" x 4" x 1/2" I-beam;
8" x 4" x 3/8" I-beam;
10" x 2-3/4" x 1/2" Channel
For: Saudi Petrochemical

About Strongwell Corporation

Strongwell Corporation is the world’s largest pultruder of fiber reinforced polymer composites. Strongwell’s FRP products were chosen as solutions in many different markets. For the mining industry, the company offers operating platforms, conveyor drip pans and platforms & walkways.

Strongwell Corporation design, manufacture, fabrication and testing of molded or pultruded fiber reinforced polymer composite products for construction, commercial and industrial applications.

Strongwell has been pultruding fiber reinforced polymer composite structural products since 1956. Today, with more than 65 pultrusion machines and 647,000 square feet of manufacturing space in three plant locations, Strongwell has unequaled capacity, versatility and flexibility to meet the needs of its customers and allied partners. All Strongwell pultruded products are made in the USA. Click here to learn how Strongwell’s pultruded products out perform traditional materials.

The company is financially strong, quality oriented, technically advanced, and customer focused. Strongwell's customers include Fortune 500 industrial and commercial firms, major architectural and engineering firms, leading contractors and distributors, and many other companies - both large and small - in a variety of markets.

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