The petroleum industry wants to employ new technical solutions to satisfy the needs created by
aggressive chemicals and longer lifetime, as well as requirements for low weight and high performance.
Knowledge about the use of non-metallic materials and their properties is key to choosing the right solutions.
On the basis of this, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has conducted a study with Sintef in 2006, with the purpose of
The report from this study, ?State of the art: non-metallic materials, including joining? - gives a summary of the status of the technology for the use of polymers and plastics-based composite materials in the oil and gas industry.
The report discusses selected applications with respect to status, aspects which are critical for safety, testing methods and factors which influence reliability and robustness.
Three factors which limit the use of composites in major load-bearing structural constructions are highlighted:
The report is only available in Norwegian.
The report ?State of the art: non-metallic ? ? is based on the project/report "Robust material selection", also conducted by Sintef in the period 2002-2004 as a contribution to undersanding the concept of robustness which is used in Section 9 of the Facilities Regulations.
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