Composite structures are used as corrosion insensitive load bearing reinforcement in dynamic Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP) and Hybrid Flexible Pipe (HFP) applications. The qualification of such structures can follow different strategies: product level versus material characterization. DNVGL-ST-F119 proposes a generic knowledge-based approach based on a testing pyramid. The pyramid allows a generic material characterization for a large number of conditions.

Testing of dedicated specimens in constant media exposure measures the actual properties and changes of the material. Regression data is obtained for end-of-life properties. Simulations can be conducted using these properties to determine performance of the product in any state and condition and validate any load cases through classical stress combination.

The characterization for VESTAPE® Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber thermoplastic composite (CF-PA12) covers all failure mechanisms for matrix, fiber and interface in static, dynamic and stress rupture mode for virgin, fully hydrocarbon saturated and aged to end of life in saturated condition. Each condition assessment is carried out in complete temperature dependency for subzero, room temperature, intermediate and maximum use temperature of 176°F (80°C). Fatigue testing covers runtimes of 106 cycles whereas stress rupture assessment exceeds 12,500h which corresponds to almost 1.5 years. With dense data populations for both regression curves and static test results the coefficient of variation is controlled. All characterization logic and data are analyzed for validity and certified by the official body of the DNV-GL.

The material characterization enables simulation of a variety of application designs in predictive engineering and a simplified study is made for a dynamic gas injection jumper to demonstrate relevant occurring load cases.

Utilizing all data and approaches allows to define the overall application envelope of the material. For the case of the thermoplastic composite of CF-PA12 it covers static flowlines, dynamic jumpers, service lines up to dynamic risers in sour crude service up to 176°F (80°C). The knowledge-based approach allows for economic design in engineering cases without compromising safety.

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