Mechanical Behavior of Syntactic Foams for Deep Sea Thermally Insulated Pipeline

Type Article
Date 2010-06
Language English
Author(s) Choqueuse Dominique1, Davies PeterORCID1, Perreux Dominique2, Sohier L3, Cognard Jean Yves3
Affiliation(s) 1 : IFREMER, Brest Centre, F-29280 Plouzané, France
2 : Ste Mahytec, 210 Avenue de Verdun, 39100, Dole, France
3 : LBMS, ENSIETA –UBO, 2 rue F Verny, 29806 Brest, France
Source Applied Mechanics and Materials (Trans Tech Publications), 2010-06 , Vol. 24-25 , P. 97-102
DOI 10.4028/
Abstract Ultra Deep offshore oil exploitation (down to 3000 meters depth) presents new challenges to offshore engineering and operating companies. Flow assurance and particularly the selection of insulation materials to be applied to pipe lines are of primary importance, and are the focus of much industry interest for deepwater applications. Polymeric and composite materials, particularly syntactic foams, are now widely used for this application, so the understanding of their behavior under extreme conditions is essential. These materials, applied as a thick coating (up to 10-15 cm), are subjected in service to: - high hydrostatic compression (up to 30 MPa) - severe thermal gradients (from 4°C at the outer surface to 150°C at the inner wall), and to high bending and shear stresses during installation. Damageable behavior of syntactic foam under service conditions has been observed previously [1] and may strongly affect the long term reliability of the system (loss of thermal properties).This study is a part of a larger project aiming to model the in-service behavior of these structures. For this purpose it is important to identify the constituent mechanical properties correctly [2, 3]. A series of tests has been developed to address this point, which includes: - hydrostatic compression - shear loading using a modified Arcan fixture This paper will describe the different test methods and present results obtained for different types of syntactic foams.
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