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ENDLESS ONSITE-MANUFACTURED PIPE FOR REMOTE MINING SITES AND IN-SITU LEACHING
Ehsani, M. | Technical Sessions: Smart Mining: Resources for a Connected World, 24-27 Feb 2019, Denver, Colorado. p 11, 2019

A technique has been developed that allows on-site construction of an endless fiberglass reinforced thermosetting plastic pipe, named InfinitPipe®. The project has been supported through funding from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A compact Mobile Manufacturing Unit (MMU) is shipped to the site. Layers of resin-saturated carbon or glass fabric are wrapped around a heated mandrel, and within a few minutes the pipe is fully cured. As the MMU travels, it leaves a continuous pipe behind. For in situ leaching applications, the MMU is positioned on top of the well and as the pipe is built, it is pushed into the well. See also presentation slides: https://static.tti.tamu.edu/conferences/tamu-engineering/nsf-3dp-workshop/day1/idea-presentations/ehsani.pdf



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