Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) piping has been recognized for excellent corrosion resistance and high specific properties such as its strength-to-weight ratio. Despite the positive characteristics, FRP piping has limited, albeit growing utilization in industrial service. This is in part due to initial cost when compared to conventional metallic pipe. Reduced life cycle expenditures in conjunction with operational advantages may foster an increased implementation of FRP piping. This may be achieved through installation procedures, longevity and operational capabilities that are superior to those related to metallic piping. The present article reviews recent technological advances relating to these attributes, namely improved joining methods; enhanced wear, corrosion and damage resistance; and embedded monitoring systems for wear and other parameters.

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