TU Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Michael Keller has won two competitive research awards from the Pipeline Health and Safety Administration (PHMSA), a division of the Department of Transportation, to perform research on composite repairs of piping. The projects will investigate the performance of bonded composite repairs on pipes that are damaged with holes through the pipe wall.
One project relates to the performance of patch-type repairs under fluctuating pressure loads. For the second study, Keller will partner with Professor of Mechanical Engineering Brenton McLaury to investigate what happens to composite repairs as the pipe is subjected to the erosive effects of sand particles flowing through the pipe. Both projects are supported by PHMSA and by industry partners including Citadel Technologies, Air Logistics, and Neptune Research.