Rovicut is a stretchable woven reinforcement for renovating cured-in-place pipes (CIPP).
Rovicut is a stretchable woven reinforcement for renovating cured-in-place pipes (CIPP).

Chomarat is unveiling a new glass fiber reinforcement at the JEC composites show, which takes place in Paris, France, next month.

Rovicut is a stretchable woven reinforcement for renovating cured-in-place pipes (CIPP) and is designed to stretch to hug the curves of pipes and conduits that need to be rehabilitated, without a decrease in mechanical performance.

The material has been developed in collaboration with Reline Europe, a manufacturer of sleeves for the in situ repair of pipes. Trenchless technology using cured-in-place pipes (CIPP) consists of manufacturing sleeves from glass fiber reinforcements, coating them with resin, installing them inside a damaged pipe system and curing them under ultraviolet light. The pipes are renovated without opening up a trench, so there is no noise disturbance or dirt, and road traffic is not perturbed. The glass fiber reinforcement was designed specifically for Reline’s new Alphaliner 1800 line dedicated to large diameter pipes.  

Improved thickness

‘Rovicut is unique in the market, because the sleeve thickness is optimized to make it more lightweight, thus making it easier to handle and install, with faster UV cure,’ claimed Chomarat sales manager Marlène Berthouze.

Chomarat also plans to present a new sports and leisure application for its C-PLY line of multiaxial carbon reinforcements. Launched in January 2016, the ‘Mythic 87’ line of skis uses C-PLY  to improve the angles, ply weight and fiber alignment, so there is an improved balance between high performance and weight, reportedly making for a more lightweight yet powerful ski. 

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