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.
When designing a critical component for the Energy Industry, material selection is crucial. You need to understand how it will perform in real world conditions, and minimum testing requirements don’t always give you the full picture.