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composites and Element is
taking a lead role in developing methods to qualify these
materials for use in the oil and
gas industry, learning from
its experts in the aerospace
sector.
JCM: How long have you been
interested in composites and
what is your expertise in this
area?

C.N., R. M. : Element's

aerospace sector experts have
been testing composites for
more than 30 years and we
are using this experience of
testing and evaluation in the
oil and gas sector. In particular, Element is carrying out
a range of projects looking
at long-term performance of
composites in contact with
oilfield media at high pressure
and temperature (HPHT)
- this includes the use of
composites and liners under
HPHT conditions in high
levels of CO2, the long-term
life prediction of composites
designed for fluid transport,
and the test methods required
for the use of high-end fibre
reinforced plastics for spoolable composite piping.
JCM: How do you see the use
of composites in the oil and

gas industry?

C.N., R. M. : As we move

into deeper and more extreme
environments for oil exploration and production, polymer
composites, elastomers and
thermoplastics will be fundamental to our progress. As reported by Douglas-Westwood
last year, more than US$232
billion will be spent on deep
water excursions by 2020,
with a significant proportion
expected to be channelled
towards equipment research,
development and testing.
The primary goal will be to
qualify components for their
long-term reliable use at
unprecedented depths, where
pressure, corrosive fluids and
temperature all impact their
ability to operate.

JCM: Why did you decide to
create an oil and gas centre
in Texas, more precisely in
Houston?

C.N., R. M. : This invest-

ment is a result of our "follow
the customer" strategy, where
our development of capacity,
capabilities and locations is
aligned to the needs of key
clients. The area of Houston,
and our new laboratory in the
city, are crucial to achieving
the next steps of our global

Element Houston's corrosion testing department will play a vital role in supporting
oil and gas exploration and production in extreme environments.

Element Houston is the company's largest ever single site investment and is
situated strategically next to the city's energy corridor.

objective to become the
oil and gas industry's most
trusted testing partner and
the recognized world leader
in materials testing and product qualification.

Texas Emerging Technology
Fund. If Houston is to retain
its position as the global
capital of energy, it needs to
meet the future challenges of
the industry.

Houston's strong economy
and oil and gas focus are a
natural fit to the services we
offer, which is why our facility is situated strategically in
Houston's energy corridor.
The metropolitan area has the
fourth largest GDP in the US
and 26 of the Fortune 500
companies are based there,
which is attributable to the
region's status as a hub for
energy - Texas produced
around 35% of US crude oil
in 2013, and virtually every
major player has a presence in
Houston.

JCM: Are you considering any
new investments in composites?

We've operated in the city for
over 50 years and will employ
106 experts at our new facility. Crucially, the state of
Texas recognizes as much as
Element does the importance
of research excellence, continued investment, and commercial expansion in the global
energy sector market, which
is why we have been awarded
US$1m funding from the

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C.N., R. M. : At Element,

we have a key focus on
developing technology for
the evaluation of advanced
materials. Therefore, we
continue to invest in testing high-end composites for
the aerospace and transport
industries. As the use of composites for high-end applications inevitably increases,
we will continue to invest in
our capability and capacity to
meet customers' needs. The
Houston facility was designed
to include the ability to expand as the market demands.
In September 2014, we will
open a new extension to our
Hitchin, UK, facility that is
totally dedicated to non-metallics and composite testing
for the oil and gas sector. n
More information:
www.element.com

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014

Cover
Edito
Point of view: oil & gas
Contents
COMPANY & BUSINESS In Brief
Recycling
Biocomposites
Spin-off
Agenda of Events
APPLICATIONS
Sustainability
Defense
Automotive
MARKET
Biocomposites
Inside the factory
SPECIAL JEC AMERICAS - FALL EDITION
Gain insight into the JEC 2014 I.C.S. Americas Program
JEC Americas Innovation Awards Program
Maintenance - Certified composite repair system for pipelines
Carbon fabrics - Successful first flight test for the VX-1 KittyHawk C-PlyTM aircraft model
Design - Composite aerostructure development in high-performance enterprises
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Reinforcement
Process
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATIONS
NDT
Tooling
Infusion
Index
In the world
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Cover
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Edito
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Point of view: oil & gas
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 5
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Contents
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 7
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - COMPANY & BUSINESS In Brief
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Biocomposites
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Recycling
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Spin-off
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 12
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 13
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Agenda of Events
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Ad1
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Ad2
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 15
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Sustainability
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 17
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 18
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 19
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Defense
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 21
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Automotive
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Biocomposites
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 24
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 25
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 26
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 27
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Inside the factory
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 29
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 30
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - SPECIAL JEC AMERICAS - FALL EDITION
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Gain insight into the JEC 2014 I.C.S. Americas Program
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 33
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 34
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 35
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 36
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - JEC Americas Innovation Awards Program
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 38
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 39
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 40
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 41
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Maintenance - Certified composite repair system for pipelines
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Carbon fabrics - Successful first flight test for the VX-1 KittyHawk C-PlyTM aircraft model
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Design - Composite aerostructure development in high-performance enterprises
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 45
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 46
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Reinforcement
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 48
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 49
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 50
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Process
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 52
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 53
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 54
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - NDT
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 56
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 57
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Tooling
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 59
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 60
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 61
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Infusion
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 63
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - 64
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - Index
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #92 - October/November 2014 - In the world
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