Manufacturing Methods for Sulfur Concrete Sewer PipeEPA Contract Number: 68D70029
Title: Manufacturing Methods for Sulfur Concrete Sewer Pipe
Investigators: Lee, D. Y.
Small Business: Brimstone Pipe Company
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Project Period: September 1, 1997 through March 1, 1998
Project Amount: $70,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (1997) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: SBIR - Pollution Prevention , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
Description:This Phase I research is intended to evaluate the feasibility of manufacturing low-cost, acid-resistant sanitary sewer pipe from sulfur concrete. Sulfur is an abundant mineral recovered from coking, natural gas processing, and petroleum refining. Secondary recovery of sulfur, resulting from environmental regulation, produces more material than is needed by U.S. industry.
The U.S. Bureau of Mines developed a process by which elemental sulfur can be used as a thermal cement with aggregate fillers to make concrete. Sulfur concrete appears to be a good solution to solve the problem of deteriorating sewerage structures made from Portland cement. Portland cement is alkaline and has been found to perform poorly in the acid environment in most sanitary sewer systems. Alternative materials that can solve the problem of premature failure of concrete pipe are expensive. The purpose of this Phase I project is to develop a low-cost alternative to traditional concrete pipe.