Assessing the lifetime of the materials used in Thermoplastic Composite Pipes in aggressive service environments is complex. The current status of methods which may be used and what ‘best practice’ might look like are considered in this blog.
For thermoplastic polymers, chemical degradation in service has been the subject of much research and investigation. When designing pipes or seals for use in oil and gas applications, this knowledge is essential in estimating the useful lifetime of the component.
Throughout the plastics industry, PEEK is widely viewed as a leading high-performance polymer (HPP). However, the materials of choice in the automotive, aerospace, oil & gas and medical device industries have long been metals. PEEK polymer is fast changing that mind-set.