Sometimes, polymer layers develop microvoids that can cause leakage. The underlying mechanism resembles crazing and is a mystery to the industry. Now, the phenomenon is under investigation in the project STIP (2020-2023) led by the company Enodo AS, a spinoff from SFI CASA.
Equinor and Gassco collaborate with SFI CASA on testing full-scale steel pipelines from the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea. Several dynamic tests will be performed during the following weeks.
«The allocation of research funding is worth its weight in gold to the company. It provides predictability», according to entrepreneur Jens Kristian Holmen.
A lucky side effect of the polymeric coatings on steel pipelines is that they also work as bumpers at great water depths. PhD candidate Ole Vestrum has found a new way to model how they react when hit by mooring lines, falling anchors or fishing trawls.
Think Iceland. Think pressure cooker 5 000 metres below the geysers. Think 500 centigrade at 300 bar. Now, that IS hot stuff.
Birgit Søvik Opheim never considered a PhD until a couple of people gave her a personal, gentle push.