Airborne Oil & Gas’ Successful TCP Flowline Tests

January 15 2018

In order to demonstrate the suitability of Thermoplastic Composite Pipe for static riser applications, Airborne Oil & Gas successfully completed three tests specifically requested by a West African operator:

• Erosion: Erosion tests on coupon level have demonstrated superior behavior of the liner material used in the TCP Flowline compared to a steel grade used for pipeline applications (X65) for different flow velocities.

• Fire: Survivability of a 6” TCP Flowline subjected to jet fires was demonstrated by exposing the pipe, protected by Passive Fire Protection (PFP) to burners with an average flame temperature of 826°C for more than 30 minutes, while the pipe was kept at the design pressure.

• Impact / collision: Finally, vessel collision scenarios have been tested for a range of impact velocities on a 4” TCP Flowline. In one test a pipe was subjected to an impact mass of 1,000kg at 2.4m/s. Following impact, an internal pressure test was performed at design pressure, to successfully demonstrate residual strength. In another test, a pipe was hit 5 times with velocities increasing from 1m/s to 5m/s. After the test, this pipe was also subjected to an internal pressure test and after successfully maintaining the design pressure, the pressure was increased and eventually the pipe burst well above the acceptance limit.

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