Composite pipe long term testing facility commissioned

Haydale Composite Solutions (HCS) has commissioned a composite pipe testing facility with the support of Leicester City Council, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, the Regional Growth Fund and European Regional Development Fund.

The facility for long term testing consists of eight independently controlled tanks which can carry out short and long term pressure testing of composite pipes up to 500bar and at temperatures up to 80°C. The facility is said to be versatile and is able to conduct short term burst pressure tests, determine long term hydrostatic pressure rating as well as performing dynamic, fatigue and cyclic testing of composite pipes to international standards including API 15S, ISO 14692 and ASTM D2992.

“The generation of long term test data is vital in obtaining approval for the use of new materials in oil and gas pipeline systems,” Nigel Finney, HCS commercial director said. “This facility enables us to simultaneously test a range of materials and designs, thereby enabling us to quickly optimise such products before performing full 10,000-hour hydrostatic test certification.”

Tom Austin-Morgan

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