Materials test Module for Piping and Seals

Tata Chemicals (Soda Ash) Partners process Trona ore at the Green River facility in Wyoming. The end product is more than 2 million tons of high quality Soda Ash used in glass manufacturing, chemical, soap and detergent, pulp and paper, and water treatment industries. The process to convert Trona to
Soda Ash is highly caustic (ph = 11) and sometimes abrasive when the soda ash crystals are in a slurry. As a result the piping and seals experience failure.

The purpose of this project is to design, build and test key materials in a test module that incorporates the soda ash slurry in an enclosed system. This test module will assist TATA Chemical engineers make informed choices when replacing their key materials.

Team Trona came together to design, test and build a modular, scientific test apparatus that creates a closed loop, accelerated, test environment
that puts piping material, seals and other key materials in a harsh erosive and caustic environment. With this test stand, engineers at TATA Chemicals
can make better and more informed decisions when deciding on replacement key materials, potentially saving millions of dollars in the future
for the refinery.

This test stand was designed and built to have a modular test area. This means that the only permanent sections of the entire test rig is the tank,
the pump, electrical work, and sensors. This modular test area allows an engineering to test different types of pipe runs, either straight, elbow, or
large elevation gains. Also, a coupon tester was designed, and built to allow for non-standard pipe materials to be tested should TATA engineers
decided to explore other materials.

School Year (term): 
2015-2016
Sponsor: 
TATA Chemicals (Soda Ash) Partners
Team Name: 
Team Trona
Coach: 
Earl Mott
Team Members: 
Brandon Hatch, Alex La, Connor Mulkay, Jason Shaffer, Dallin Scruggs

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