ABERDEEN, England—Trelleborg's offshore operation is showcasing a new thermal installation material as well as advances in digitalization at SPE Offshore Europe next month.
The company will be presenting subsea thermal insulation material Vikotherm R3 at the show, Set for Sept. 3-6 in Aberdeen. The product, Trelleborg said, is an environmentally friendly, two-component, low temperature vulcanizing rubber thermal insulation material that cures without the need for external heating or the addition of energy.
The material has service life of at least 30 years, making it suitable for insulation on Christmas trees and adjacent subsea production systems, according to the company.
"Vikotherm R3 consists of a single layer, non-silicone rubber insulation material with superior hot-wet aging response and mechanical properties," explained Dr. Adam Jackson, technical manager with Trelleborg's offshore operation.
The material is usable at service temperatures up to 180°C and is applied using a lay-up process from extruded strip stock on site without the need of molds.
In response to industry demand for digitization, Trelleborg is also offering smart technologies along with its solutions to "better support business for our customers projects," said Paul Walters, business group director with Trelleborg's offshore operation in Skelmersdale, England.
In addition, Trelleborg will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the launch of its flexible piping system Elastopiple on stand.
Developed for transporting a variety of fluids, Elastopipe is corrosion-free and has properties such as resistance to explosion, impact and jet fire.
This next generation piping system, according to Trelleborg, uses synthetic rubber instead of traditional materials, and incorporates piping materials that have survived sequential explosion, impact and jet fire testing.