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Non-metallic pipe systems for use in oil and gas

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Geoff Gibson, Johannes Linden


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This review, prepared in collaboration with our CRC-ACS partners in Sub-Sea Composites relates to the expanding use of non-metallic materials in piping for energy-related applications. These include the transport of oilfield fluids, both onshore and offshore. Qualification processes for thermoplastic and composite pipework all involve long term stress rupture tests to establish a relationship between pressure and time to failure. These qualification tests are needed to account for particular long term failure process that occur in most non-metallics. Such procedures are essential to the safe and successful application of these materials. Uses of both thermoplastics and composites in several types of pipework are discussed. These include fibreglass pipe, spoolable thermosets, reinforced thermoplastic pipe, flexible risers, rigid risers and, finally, repair and rehabilitation.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Gibson AG, Linden JM, Elder D, Leong KH

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Plastics, Rubber and Composites

Year: 2011

Volume: 40

Issue: 10

Pages: 465-480

Print publication date: 01/12/2011

ISSN (print): 1465-8011

ISSN (electronic): 1743-2898

Publisher: Maney Publishing


DOI: 10.1179/1743289811Y.0000000006


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