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NanoSteel Wear Pipe Estimated to Save $1m at Uranium Mine

The NanoSteel Company, a leader in coating technologies, today announced an ID clad wear pipe application in a uranium mine has been projected to last more than 17 years by mine engineers and save the customer more than $1 million in replacement costs.

Canadian government regulations require spent sections in uranium mines to be completely encased in concrete. A uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan has been experiencing severe wear in a critical piping system which delivers concrete to underground mining operations. The current system utilizes API L80 steel pipe which requires replacement every 16 months due to continuous slurry abrasion.

Seeking an alternative which will significantly increase wear resistance and last the remaining life of the project, the Saskatchewan mine installed a delivery system with NanoSteel's SHS 9800 alloy welded to the inside diameter (ID) of the steel pipe. Mine engineers have projected the NanoSteel ID clad wear pipe to last 17.5 years, an increase in wear life by a factor of greater than 13.

"When you consider increases in output and revenue due to reduced downtime, along with the elimination of manpower and installation costs for at least 12 replacement pipelines, savings can be well over $1 million," said Dave Paratore, president and CEO. "This is another example of how NanoSteel is continuing to redefine how steel is used in the mining industry."

NanoSteel wear pipe ID cladding is applied by a process developed by Trimay Wear Plate Ltd. using technology under license from NanoSteel. For additional product information, visit For wear pipe pricing and project cost analysis, contact NanoSteel at [email protected] or phone 1-877-293-NANO in the United States and Canada and 001 401 270 3549 for international inquiries.

The NanoSteel Company, Inc. headquartered in Providence, R.I., designs and sells a portfolio of patented nanostructured alloys for thermal spray coating and weld overlay for hardfacing and wear plate applications. NanoSteel's Super Hard Steel alloys provide exceptional resistance to corrosion, erosion, impact and wear. For more information, visit


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