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Applications

pipes & tanks

Spoolable pipe system for the oil & gas industry
In cooperation with Statoil (Norway), Shell (NL) and MCS Kenny (UK), the Dutch company Airborne has developed a remarkably innovative thermoplastic composite pipe concept mainly dedicated to the oil & gas extraction sector. This outcome was rewarded by a JEC Award in March 2012.
tapes are wound onto the product and consolidated in-situ directly onto the pipe. No autoclave or oven consolidation is required. The process can produce large volumes of thermoplastic composite pipes. E-glass, S2-glass or carbon fibres can be combined with polymers such as PE, PP, PA11/12 and PVDF.

- Spoolable pipe system for the oil & gas industry .... p13 - From fibre to façade ... p14

Results
This creates a very lightweight, robust, strong and stiff pipe that is still easily spoolable due to the use of ductile, tough thermoplastic materials. This pipe concept is radically new in an industry that currently uses non-bonded flexible pipes, where all the steel reinforcing layers are separate to each other. The pipe combines the ability to handle high loads (tension, internal pressure up to 2,000 bar, and external pressure up to 300 bar) with good spoolability. It also has high fatigue, chemical and impact resistance, resulting in significantly higher durability. This pipe concept is inherently more robust and safe than current solutions thanks to one solid wall instead of many separate layers. It can withstand higher pressure ratings, leading to higher safety factors (risk reduction is a major concern in the oil & gas industry). The much lower weight – 60 to 85% lower compared to conventional solutions – can lead to significant savings in the required infrastructure.

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he pipe is produced in lengths of several kilometres as one piece and spooled on a drum for transport. It uses a fully consolidated, one-material pipe concept: the inner liner, structural composite layers and outer coating are all of the same thermoplastic polymer material, and all layers are melt-fused together to form a consolidated pipe wall.

Process technology
The pipe concept is made possible by the unique, fully-automated cost-efficient manufacturing technology used. In this continuous process, the pipe is translated through a production line of orbital winding machines, where thermoplastic prepreg

Potential
The first products have already been delivered. Airborne is building a full-scale manufacturing facility to commercialise the product on a large scale. The market for this new composite pipe concept is estimated at several hundred million euros a year, to be built up in the coming years. n
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More information: www.airborne.nl

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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012

Cover
Edito
Point of view: Closer to the shop floor
Contents
Agenda of Events
COMPANY & BUSINESS
- In Brief
- Glass fibre
APPLICATIONS
- Pipes & tanks
- Building
MARKET
- Human resources
- Glass fibre
- Turkey
FEATURE AUTOMOTIVE
- Braiding
- Lightening
- D-LFT
- Sustainability
- RTM
- RIM
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
- Design
- Fatigue behaviour
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATIONS
- Wind
- Reinforcement
Index
In the world
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - Cover
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - Edito
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - Point of view: Closer to the shop floor
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - Contents
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - Agenda of Events
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - - In Brief
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - - Glass fibre
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 11
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - - Pipes & tanks
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - - Building
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 17
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - - Human resources
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - - Glass fibre
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 21
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - - Turkey
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 23
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - - Braiding
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 25
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - - Lightening
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 27
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 28
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 29
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - - D-LFT
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 31
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - - Sustainability
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 36
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - - RTM
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 39
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - - RIM
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - - Design
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 42
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 43
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 44
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 45
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - - Fatigue behaviour
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 50
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - - Wind
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 52
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 53
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - - Reinforcement
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 55
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - 56
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - Index
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #74 - July 2012 - In the world
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