Developments in Nanolaminated Materials to Enhance the Performance and Longevity of Metal Components in Offshore Applications
- Christina Lomasney (Modumetal) | Leslie Collinson (Modumetal) | Timm Burnett (Modumetal)
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- Offshore Technology Conference
- Offshore Technology Conference, 04-07 May, Houston, Texas, USA
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- Conference Paper
- 2015. Offshore Technology Conference
- 1.10 Drilling Equipment, 1.6.5 Offshore Drilling Units, 4.5 Offshore Facilities and Subsea Systems, 4.3.4 Scale, 4.2.3 Materials and Corrosion
- nanomaterials, asset longevity, asset mangement, corrosion, nanotechnology
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Nature provides many examples of the incorporation of laminated structures that have evolved over ages to enable novel classes of material that are stiffer, harder and tougher than the "Rule of Mixtures" for the same materials would otherwise predict. Modumetal has lead efforts to emulate nature's toughening mechanisms by configuring layered metal, ceramic and polymer matrices into laminated structure. This innovation has demonstrated material properties that many times to many orders of magnitude greater performance that of their constituents1.
While derived from the same basic raw materials as conventional metals, Modumetal’s nanolaminated alloys can be used virtually anywhere conventional metals and alloys are used today, but they provide significant performance improvements over conventional metals, including: superior strength, corrosion resistance, wear resistance, thermal properties, fatigue performance and more. Similar in concept to the difference in structure of plywood versus homogeneous wood, Modumetal’s products are layered on the nanometer scale, a configuration which affords this significant increase in performance. Modumetal is bringing nanolaminated alloys and protective alloy coatings to the industrial marketplace through patented manufacturing techniques which deliver nanolaminated alloys at a cost that is competitive with conventional, homogeneous metal alloys. It is this combination of ultra-high performance and competitive cost that are the foundation of Modumetal’s value proposition to industrial sector users.
Since the Company’s founding in 2007, Modumetal has partnered with organizations across energy, steel manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, defense and construction sectors to develop specific nanolaminated alloy systems for these industrial markets. The performance and value of Modumetal’s nanolaminated coating products have been validated by industry leaders in the upstream oil and gas sector, which are now conducting full-scale field trials after several years of successful specification testing. This paper focuses on test results from those applications of nanolaminated materials which improve the longevity of assets and support increased efficiency over the extended life. Applications for offshore rig maintenance and downhole production lift systems are described. Due to its low-cost, low-capex manufacturing process, Modumetal can provide improvements at comparable or lower cost to conventional metals.
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