As the title suggests Fractures/Cracks are formed in FRP vessels because of brittleness. They propagate if they are left unchecked and used further. Despite precision in designing, engineering, and production, let’s say, a product has developed fracture at some points. Disturbing isn’t it? Let us know more about fracture hazards to eliminate these in the future.
Fractures generally occur due to micro crystalline flaws that are invisible to naked eyes. They prove to be the seeds of destruction and visual inspection can’t solve the problem. High-end machinery are employed to detect those flaws by passing atomic level waves (ex- X-rays, radio waves). These rays penetrate deep into metal and upon reflection, show the result graphically. The hardness quotient is reduced by brittle grain structure. Even hardest metal can form a fracture due to brittleness.
Sometimes the FRP vessels seem to work properly but few actions act as the catalysts in forming a fracture. They are listed down below:-
- Operating above maximum allowed test and working pressure
- Placing the FRP vessels in bad condition or piling up stocks against them.
- Improper maintenance