APP’s proprietary ProTek Wear Pads are industry-leading FRP composite wear pads that are designed to stop metal-to-metal piping damage by isolating pipes. ProTek Wear Pads are easy to install, can withstand temperatures from -320°F to +400°F, and are used in a wide variety of industries to keep pipes from scraping against I-beams or concrete supports.
Our composite wear pads are made to lengthen the lifespan of your piping systems, and make your job easier in the process. Pads are built to withstand extreme temperatures, fit precisely to pipes, and fight off corrosion. These long-lasting supports stop the corrosion that comes from metal-on-metal contact. And despite being extremely durable, you won’t have to worry about welding or specialized installation. They’re built to keep all costs low, simplify installation, and boost the lifespan of your pipes.
Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP)
Our simple installation process requires no welding, hot work permits, or highly skilled personnel; you only need to use our EX-100 epoxy, static mixing nozzle, and applicator gun. Entry-level personnel should be able to complete the installation in less than five minutes.
The epoxy is cured and tack-free in four hours and can handle strength in six hours. Temperature, user skill, and environmental conditions are a few factors that impact installation and curing time.
ProTek Wear Pads can be installed on painted pipes—however, many customers choose to install the support on bare pipe and then paint the entire system, including the ProTek Wear Pad, in one step.
Available in virtually any thickness, degrees of coverage and length
|Pipe Size||Thickness||Angle "A"||Length|
|Up to 4”||¼”||90°||12”|
|6” to 10”||¼”||60°||12”|
|12” to 20”||¼”||30°||12”|
|24” & up||⅜”||30°||12”|
APP ProTek Wear Pads are designed to outlive your actual piping system. Some of our supports have been used in harsh conditions for more than 20 years.
The ProTek Wear Pad has a maximum compressive strength (ASTM E8) of 53,000 pounds. Here is a real-world example: One of our clients approached us about issues they were encountering on a 36-inch line filled with crude that was sitting on a metal beam. They wanted to know if our composite material would be able to handle this load and asked us to perform a compressive test to prove that the ProTek Wear Pad could handle 26,000 pounds. We tested our standard (¼-inch thick, 30-degree coverage, 12-inch long) wear pad on a 10-inch-diameter, 1-inch-thick pipe. We had to stop the test at 54,000 pounds when the massive pipe began to ovalize. However, the wear pad remained intact! Because our composite material is flexible and not brittle, the point of contact with the steel grew as the pipe ovalized. Thus, as the pipe ovalized, the increased footprint of our wear pad allowed for even greater support.
Our ProTek Wear Pads are available in the same dimensions used for metallic wear pads. These specifications allow our composite wear pads to directly replace metallic wear pads with only minimal change to existing pipe system designs. Most ProTek Wear Pads are ¼ of an inch thick and 12 or 14 inches long.
Yes — the ProTek Wear Pad can be custom-made in any quantity and at the size, length, thickness, and angle you need for your project.