Assessing the lifetime of the materials used in Thermoplastic Composite Pipes in aggressive service environments is complex. The current status of methods which may be used and what ‘best practice’ might look like are considered in this blog.
For thermoplastic polymers, chemical degradation in service has been the subject of much research and investigation. When designing pipes or seals for use in oil and gas applications, this knowledge is essential in estimating the useful lifetime of the component.
Metals have long been the material of choice in the commercial aerospace market. However, polymer composites are making significant inroads, replacing metals along the entire aerospace supply chain – as best witnessed by the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 developments.