In identifying trends, drivers and barriers, this report aims to prioritise recommendations to achieve an improved understanding and expansion of the operating window for polymer composite materials. This will lead to better whole life quality assurance and safer operations, thereby helping to protect both people and the environment.
Most of the information presented in this report was compiled following the roadmap sessions undertaken during the NIC Technical Advisory Board (TAB) meeting, 1 November 2018 at the Aramco Overseas Company Office, London, UK. The TAB meeting involved four sessions relating to reinforced thermoplastic pipe (RTP), thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP), reinforced thermosetting resin pipe (RTR), and polymer-lined steel pipe.
The TAB meeting attendees were from academic institutions, research centres, O&G companies and composite materials manufacturers.
The content of this report is not intended to be an all-encompassing, fully comprehensive review of the subject matter but rather a consolidation of the views and opinions of the various attendees of the TAB meeting, and some selected additional information from scientific and commercial literature. The TAB attendees are considered to represent an informed cross section of organisations, companies, manufacturers, users and other stakeholders who have specific expertise and knowledge in terms of the generic field of polymer composites.