Letchworth, UK - The sixth MERL two-day international conference on Oilfield Engineering with Polymers conference, will be held in London, England, 7-8 Oct 2008. MERL is organising the event jointly with Applied Market Information
The meeting will be a focal point for operators and component suppliers to the oilfield industry to debate the use of thermoplastics, composites and elastomers in critical applications, said a statement from AMI.
In oilfield technology, polymers are used in coatings, insulation, pipes, hoses, seals, flexible joints and bearings, inflatable tools, umbilicals, risers, blow-out preventers and more. The challenge is to ensure that these components operate safely and reliably under a wide range of operational and environmental conditions.
Saipem will kick off the conference with an overview of what the oil industry wants from materials. Saudi Aramco and ExxonMobil will highlight the issues arising from failure investigations in different applications. The University of Leoben has examined failure due to rapid gas decompression.
These papers highlight the extreme conditions prevalent in the oilfield environment. MERL has been involved in materials testing for many years - and MERL will present a paper at the conference on qualification testing for NORSOK M710.
Other topics to be covered include the longevity of mooring lines in an ERA Polymers presentation, sealing solutions from Halliburton, Saint-Gobain and Seals Eastern, while Oil States Industries will look at the use of elastomers in bearings.
More information from [email protected], and www.amiconferences.com