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Brickwork may be a lost art for many, but not for Thorpe.
Complicated brick designs will always have a place in severe service applications where reliability and long term service are required. Unfortunately, brick engineering and installation skills have become harder to find. Monolithic materials (castable and plastic refractory product forms) and installation techniques have advanced to the point that a significant amount of fired equipment now no longer uses brick. Thus, many OEM and installation companies have structured their company resources around the use of monolithics and no longer understand the important aspects of brick systems.
Thorpe understands that the stronger bonding structure of bricks in severe applications and the ability to rely upon a self supported system (no anchoring required) will always leave a need for brick systems. Thorpe actively pursues these unique and severe applications in markets such as gasification, sulfur recovery, sulfur burners, incinerators, rotary kilns and other industrial furnaces. Understanding the material science of refractories enables us to evaluate whether brick is a better solution for an application. We also engineer complicated linings such as three-dimensional heads, cones, large diameter connections, free-standing walls, etc. This includes expansion allowances: how and where to prevent brick from moving while accommodating for the necessary thermal growth. We understand the mechanisms involved with high temperature deformation and how to best address this problem. Finally, as we work in many brick-intense industries, we are able to supply the skilled craftsmen familiar with complicated brickwork through our construction divisions.
Contact Thorpe to discuss a true turnkey refractory solution to maximize
the performance and reliability of your brick linings.