Elastomers used in the Oil and Gas Sector

13 Dec 2019

Organised by the Rubber in Engineering Group of IOM3

This afternoon technical discussion meeting (ATDM) will examine the use of advanced materials in a range of oil and gas industry applications.

These materials have to operate under extreme conditions of high pressure and at both low and high temperatures whilst retaining properties in very hostile chemical environments.

So far there are talks planned from Schlumberger and Arlanxeo. The detailed list of all the speakers and topics will appear here as the programme develops. 

Start time 13:30pm - Introduction - Prof James Busfield (QMUL)

Elastomer Composites Development for Oil and Gas Drilling Applications - Julien Ramier (Schlumberger)

Operating in the downhole oil and gas environment exposes elastomers to extreme conditions which leads to the progressive degradation of mechanical properties resulting in premature failure. This talk examines high performance elastomer compounds that demonstrate increased fatigue lifetime and thermal and chemical stability. The strategy focused on development of innovative tests to evaluate mechano-physical properties under representative conditions of temperature and fluid environment resulting in the development of an optimal formulation.

Therban HNBR and extrusion resistance in packer applications - Marjan Hemstede-van Urk (Arlanxeo Netherlands BV)

Therban® is a hydrogenated nitrile rubber (HNBR) that exhibits excellent dynamic mechanical properties as well as resistance to oil, heat, tear and abrasion. In addition to these properties this talk will explore extrusion resistance, an important property for many oil and gas applications such as packer seals. The talk will examine a new test methodology that has been developed to characterise this behaviour. Also the talk will consider how compound formulation can be optimised to balance extrusion resistance with the other important property requirements.

Use of elastomers in an oil-filled drilling tool - Dan Minett-Smith (Rockatek) 

In deep drilling for energy resources the chemical environment can be very difficult downhole - temperatures and pressures can exceed 200°C and 200 bar and conditions are mechanically very harsh. At the same time the drill-bit is required to accurately cut a required path in three dimensions. The use of elastomers in the downhole environment and the challenges they meet there will be discussed with particular reference to an oil-filled drilling tool. 

This event is championed Dr Julien Ramier of Schlumberger.

The ATDM is free to attend due to the generous sponsorship of the RIEG Technical Programme by ARTIS.

Venue and booking

Event Location: 
297 Euston Road
United Kingdom
Contact details: 

Dr Julien Ramier - email: JRamier@slb.com


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