The Need for Composites Standards in the Oil and Gas Industry

The economic gain from using materials that are lighter, stiffer, stronger and more corrosion resistant than carbon steel in the oil and gas industry is substantial, but the willingness of the industry to accept components fabricated from composites is directly related to the operational risks for that component. As a result, they have currently only made progress in lower risk components, such as gratings and hand-rails. However, with higher pressures and temperatures (HPHT), deeper water and deeper wells and more corrosive environments, composites are starting to be considered for application in more aggressive service.

A report issued by MERL in 2007 discussed some of the barriers facing the uptake of composites in the industry, and one barrier identified was a need for new standards for composites in these challenging applications.

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