UTComp is committed to ongoing education regarding fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) reliability and testing. Follow our blog for important information and discussions regarding the latest industry developments.

Damage mechanisms in FRP

Preventing failures and optimizing the service life of any structure is the result of a balance between the service loads applied and the actual capacity of the structure. This is the basis of Fitness for Service or Suitability for Service evaluation. Read more.





 Getting Houston back on track after Harvey

The UTComp team has been devastated watching the images and hearing the stories coming out of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Many of our friends and colleagues have been personally and professionally impacted by the recent flooding.  At the same time, we have every confidence that Texas will come through this and be better than ever.

Now the process of recovery starts – getting back to home life and getting businesses back in operation.  From my experience as a plant and facilities engineer, I know how important it is to get your operations back up safely and in good time. Read more.


UltraAnalytix featured in Inspectioneering Journal

UTComp’s UltraAnalytix system for fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) inspection is discussed in an article, Novel Inspection System Aligns FRP and Metallic Asset Management Approaches, published in the May/June 2017 issue of Inspectioneering Journal.

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Non-Destructive Ultrasonic Inspection of FRP Piping

Traditional FRP inspection relies on a subjective visual examination of the corrosion barrier and destructive testing that damages the FRP asset. Read Geoff’s latest blog post about the advantages of non-destructive ultrasonic inspection for FRP piping. Read more.



Learning about the advanced methods of FRP Testing

Learning about UltraAnalytix: Advanced Testing of FRP.

Defining Fitness-for-Service of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic

One cannot manage change.  One can only be ahead of it. — Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker is famous as a management consultant, but his words ring true in the chemical industry.  When industrial equipment is exposed to operating conditions like corrosion, mechanical damage, pressures and other forces, the equipment will change.  Engineers put a lot of effort into anticipating these changes and designing for them.  Even when the changes are expected, it is common for engineers to constantly monitor the changes so that they can be ahead of it and repair or replacement decisions can be made in a timely manner.  In this entry, I want to talk a bit more about using the right information at the right time to make the right decision. Read more.

Ultrasonic FRP Thickness Measurement

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. — Abraham Maslow

In 1966, Abraham Maslow called this the “Law of the Hammer”.  He observed that people will depend on tools or methods that are familiar before they make the effort to get new tools or learn new methods.  I smile when I remember the number of times that I tried to use the wrong tools during a house renovation, before I broke down and got the right tools.  Sometimes, using old tools in a new way can work.  In this entry I am writing about some new methods for old tools. Read more.