JEC 2018

JEC 2018
NAVEC selected among the 3 finalist companies in the Construction & Infrastructures category, of the JEC WORLD AWARDS 2018 in Paris (France). NAVEC destines a big part of its human and technical resources to develop avant-garde solutions for the industry. The Applied Engineering Division represents the most advanced line of innovation aimed to industrial maintenance. It is formed by technicians and workers specialized in different disciplines aiming research, development and implantation of innovative solutions.

The result of this effort and discipline has succeed in carrying out a turnkey project using composite materials, consisting of in-situ manufacturing of a carbon fibre pipe by means of an infusion system of epoxy resin and vacuum consolidation, using as a lost mold the existing pipe of reinforced concrete with steel core that is in poor condition. The new pipeline has the objective of replacing an existing cooling system, providing itself with the structural strength and water tightness required by design. It has a diameter of 800mm and a total length of 1.525m, buried between 4 and 9 meters of depth with horizontal, vertical and inclined sections and it also has different elements such elbows, tees, flanges and manholes.
This innovative system, respectful with the workers safety and environment, is a versatile solution, it can be applied in another kind of substrates and in the inside or outside, and not only in pipelines, it can also be applied in pressurized vessels and equipment according with international ASME and ISO standards. The biggest advantage is found in buried systems where the logistical difficulties of access and auxiliary means can be a problem for the reparation or substitution of the damaged components.

Technological and strategic agreements with Saertex and Henkel, companies of recognized prestige worldwide, have made possible the development and achievement of this reliable and durable solution, being the most economical, fastest and viable alternative, avoiding:
  • Excavations, process stops, technical and constructive difficulties.
  • Modifications of other ancillary services close to the actuation area (gas and water pipelines, electrical wiring, fiber optics, telephone line…).
  • Impact on facility operations.
  • Future corrosion problems.

Composite materials represent the maximum exponent of the industrial R+D+I worldwide. Nowadays, the reparation of pipelines and equipment with composites offers innovative solutions in coexistence with the traditional ones like metallurgy and civil works.