Composites (compound materials) represent the finest example of industrial R&D&I worldwide. If account is also taken of the fact that standards now exist which protect and regulate the demands required with respect to design, installation, inspection, tests and trials, repairs to pipes and equipment in the industry with these materials can be made by means of innovative solutions that complement the traditional solutions.
Navec is constantly developing its own technology for the application of these solutions through R&D&I projects.
The Navec Group has a strategic collaborative agreement with Henkel for the research and development of new products that comply with the technical requirements of the applications designed by Navec. This collaboration enables us to take the latest technologies and formulations from the aeronautical and automotive industries and incorporate them into industrial maintenance engineering.
Repairs to pipes and equipment that have lost exterior or interior thickness are made using composite laminates formed by resins reinforced by carbon fibres, kevlar or ceramic particles, depending on the particular need. The agreement that we have with Henkel enables us to continue developing new materials and formulations.
Surface coating of equipment and lines
The new developments in the technology of composites reinforced by nano ceramic particles have improved performance qualities, with respect to resistance to abrasion and corrosion, and to chemical attack. To date, the use of these technologies by our Applied Engineering Division has enabled us to offer the market innovative repair systems that increase the durability of equipment and considerably reduce costs incurred by maintenance shutdowns.
Thanks to these solutions, it is possible to save on funds assigned to traditional repair systems as well as on the purchase of new components and equipment.
Improved energy efficiency
In collaboration with the Chemistry Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTQC) and Rovira i Virgili University, we are leading a project in which studies and tests are being conducted to analyse the energy saving produced by nano ceramic coatings. The results obtained indicate that the use of these coatings can lead to improvements of between 8 and 12%.