Elastomers Made for Extreme Environments
Considering the range polymeric compounds used in the oil and gas industry, elastomeric materials can be among the most challenging, and sensitive materials to manufacture. To ensure materials are capable of surviving a range of performance and operating scenarios, from HPHT, to RGD, to ED, or supercritical gases, materials must be compounded and selected after evaluating a range of critical factors prior to the design process.
Our depth of experience allows us to produce materials with minimal batch variation and consistent quality. Our molding processes – compression, transfer, and injection – satisfy both low and high-volume production.
HEAT, CORROSION AND OTHER POTENTIAL THREATS
If materials are chosen improperly, bottom hole temperatures (BHT) escalating to 400°F can pose an immediate threat to the integrity of seal materials, making the application susceptible to failure. Aggressive chemical environments such as hydrogen sulfide, paraffin inhibitors, acids and bromides accelerate corrosion of critical components. High levels of CO2, methane, or other compressible fluids create rapid gas decompression (RGD), one of the leading causes of seal failure.
Our extensive expertise in custom compounding allows us to make products that serve in the most extreme environments, such as:
Our custom compounds are created from different polymers – each designed to specifically address customer requirements. Polymers commonly used include:
- FKM (Viton®, Fluorel®)
- FEPM (Aflas®)
- FVMQ (Fluorosilicone)