Technical focus area: structural materials and metallurgy
As oil and gas exploration and production moves to deeper water and deeper reservoirs, structures need to withstand extreme environments, typically over many decades.
Components including pipes which penetrate the sea bed must be capable of operating under pressures of 20,000 psi. They must be resistant to corrosion and erosion, have the capacity to be welded without compromising properties, and have structural integrity over the intended service life.
We are carrying out research into creating and testing new materials with specific desirable properties to operate within challenging environments of this nature.