The RTP (Reinforced Thermoplastic Pipe) is a new type of high-pressure composite tube, which our company, as one of the leading fiberglass products manufacturers and rtp pipe manufacturers, has invested a lot in, developed combining the needs of the market, advances in the field of science and technology, and the advancement in materials science. The RTP is a plastic tube originally developed in the early 1990s by Akzo Nobel, as well as Tubes D’Aquitaine in France, which developed the first pipe reinforced by synthetic fibers as an alternative for high-pressure steel pipes. The development of the RTP is largely due to the rising demand for corrosion-free pipes for applications in onshore oil and gas, especially the Middle East.
The RTP, also known as flexible composite pipes (FCP), are umbrella terms that denote robust systems of reinforcing pipes with either high-strength synthetic fibers (such as glass, aramid, or carbon) or steel wire. Typically, materials used to construct the tube can be polyethylene (PE), PA11 or PVDF, and can be reinforced by either aramid or polyester fibers, or with high-strength steel wire, though other combinations are also being used. The middle layers of the pipes are high-strength, multiple-layer reinforcing fibers that are continually interwoven around the exterior of the plastic tube, providing the pipes with the ability to withstand the pressure applied in both the radial and axial directions, while the exterior of the plastic tube protects the pipes against the effects of external environments.
To withstand the high pressure, the strengthening layers are added to a flexible thermoplastic tube. In consideration of external pressures experienced by the RTP in offshore applications, where it has to resist the force of the exterior hydrostatic pressure, a RTP further includes a core layer inside a barrier layer.
For instance, our tubes come with unique five-layer design features abrasion-resistant HDPE external jacket, aramid or glass fiber reinforcing, HDPE piping core and inert, hydrocarbon-resistant liners, creating oil-borne pipe carrying options which resist the effects of extreme pressures and extreme corrosion or abrasion layers, creating an oil-resistant pipe transport options which resist high pressures, as well as non-conductive polymer layers.