U.S. EPA Sponsored Field Study Supports Viability of Spray-Applied Geopolymer Liner for Use in Large Diameter Sewer Pipe Repair Technology

THE WOODLAND, Texas, May 27, 2014 / PRNewswire / – Three years ago, Inland Pipe Rehabilitation (IPR) partnered with Milliken Infrastructure Solutions to develop the EcoCast Advanced Geopolymer Relining System to provide a more cost-effective solution for repairing and rehabilitating sewer infrastructure. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the capital investment needs for the country’s sewage and stormwater systems are estimated at total $ 298 billion in the two decades. “Finding cheaper solutions to sewer rehabilitation is the only way this country can afford to have these very necessary repairs done,” he said Joe Cutillo, CEO of IPR. “We spent two years perfecting the application process while Milliken, our development partner, refined the GeoSpray material because there is really no margin of error when introducing new sewer rehabilitation technology.”

The badly deteriorated pipe with a diameter of 60 inches, which was lined with the innovative EcoCast Advanced Geopolymer Relining System, has been completely restored without having to be dug and replaced. (PRNewsFoto / Inland Pipe Rehabilitation)

Striving to prove the effectiveness of EcoCast as a viable solution for rehabilitation of large diameter sewer pipes, IPR and Milliken participated in an ongoing field study conducted by the EPA’s Research and Development Office.

The closely monitored demonstration took place in the week of April 22, 2013. The work was carried out by IPR using its proprietary EcoCast installation and application system. Milliken supplied the GeoSpray geopolymer material. One 60-inch, 160-foot. The long reinforced concrete pipe, which was badly damaged, had exposed rebar and several areas where infiltration was present. After cleaning and grouting the infiltration points, the spraying process only lasted 4 days. The post-lining inspection found the pipe to be infiltration-free with no signs of steel reinforcement or cracking. A white paper on this study can be downloaded from: http://www.teamipr.com/ecocastwhitepaper.

Information on Inland Pipe Rehabilitation (IPR)

IPR is a national leader and provider of underground technology solutions with offices in six states The United States, including CA, GA, FL, MI, TN, and TX. IPR is licensed in all 50 states and uses the latest technology in the industry. A lot of emphasis is placed on trenchless and environmentally friendly pipe and infrastructure solutions. This includes pipe inspection and evaluation, pipe relining, renewal of on-site cured pipes, trenchless pipe bursting and sliding lining. More information is available at www.teamipr.com.

About Milliken Infrastructure Solutions

Milliken Infrastructure Solutions is a division of Milliken that has long been a leader in “knowledge-based” investments with over 100 graduate students and more than 2,200 US patents – and more than 5,000 patents worldwide.

With 39 manufacturing facilities around the world and sales and service operations across America Europe and AsiaMilliken’s nearly 7,000 employees work to create completely new customer experiences, build for the future, and develop products that are good for the world. Further information is available at www.milliken.com.

Media contact: Kit Jones

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SOURCE Inland Pipe Rehabilitation

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