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Novel Technology for Low Cost Re-lining of Pipe Infrastructure

Novel Technology for Low Cost Re-lining of Pipe Infrastructure

Objective

We are seeking FP7 funding towards the design and development of a trenchless pipe rehabilitation system capable of adaption to a wide range of pipe relining markets. Our aim is to meet the demands of these diverse markets providing a high performance, low maintenance solution with reduced energy usage and superior operational performance which our extensive market research has validated a significant commercial interest in our objectives.
EZ-Liner offers major advantages in trenchless relining for long runs of pipe in a single operation with associated reduced labour, reduced energy costs, reduced disruption and reduced time for pipe repairs. By utilising a thermoplastic liner, instead of traditional epoxy methods, the risk of contamination from such chemicals will be eliminated. The traditional methods are labour intensive and expensive, typically €300 to €350/m2. Our method will improve relining speed by 100% achieving a target cost of €230/m2 by minimising labour. By developing a novel liner delivery system that focuses the heating and consolidation of the pipe to a narrow band we aim to reduce energy consumption by at least15%. Uniquely our design will achieve consolidation, even in pipe work with surface defects.
The system will utilise a conformable thermoplastic liner drawn through the pipe by a novel consolidating head. This will clear debris in the pipe by water jets, form the liner in the pipe and consolidate with locally produced steam providing reduced energy usage and losses. Focusing steam into a localised area avoids escape into surroundings or damaged pipe, as is prevalent in traditional methods. The system we will deliver will be safer and more robust making it simpler to operate and easier to maintain; ideally suited for the harsh environment of the pipe relining market.
The system will be primarily validated in the drinking water pipe relining industry. This validation of our technology will be undertaken by our end user partners CEPA and Gadmon.
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Coordinator

Italian Association for Trenchless Technology

Address

Via Ruggero Fiore 41
00136 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 277 406

Administrative Contact

Sergio Bianchi (Dr.)

Participants (12)

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POLSKA FUNDACJA TECHNIK BEZWYKOPOWYCH

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 116 114,40

TECHNITEX FARADAY LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 288 825

SIRRIS HET COLLECTIEF CENTRUM VAN DE TECHNOLOGISCHE INDUSTRIE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 3 780

THE UK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 8 365

ELKEDE TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN CENTRE SA

Greece

CENTRO TESSILE COTONIERO E ABBIGLIAMENTO SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 1 740,80

Project Building Co Ltd / Gadmon

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 284 788

C.E.P.A.- Controllo Energia e protezione Ambiente Srl

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 281 069

LONGROCK GROUND WORKS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 201 362,50

Eurocarbon B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 127 520,42

MEDWORKS SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 1 539

TIMCO TOOLING LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 55 543,93

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 243737

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2010

  • End date

    30 September 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 267 662,25

  • EU contribution

    € 1 648 054,05

Coordinated by:

Italian Association for Trenchless Technology

Italy