Carbon-fiber drill pipe passes tests

A new lightweight, jointed, flexible drill pipe engineered from space-age composites rather than steel passed important field tests, according to the US Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE-NETL).DOE-NETL provided financial assistance for developing and commercializing this composite drill pipe with steel connections. Click here to enlarge imageThe rig crew is picking up the carbon-fiber pipe for drilling the build section in an Oklahoma short-radius test (Fig. 1). Photo courtesy of ACPT.Advanced Composite Products and Technology Inc. (ACPT), Huntington Beach, Calif., produces the carbon-fiber resins in the pipe.Pipe statusJim Heard, director of marketing...

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