Composite drill pipe research planned

A research project is planned to develop and field-test a composite drill pipe that will transmit drilling data from the bottom of the well bore to operators on the surface.The US Department of Energy selected Advanced Composite Products & Technology Inc. (ACPT), Huntington Beach, Calif., to head a team to develop a "smart drilling system."The 5.5-in. drill pipe would be made from a carbon fiber-epoxy resin similar to the material used in golf-club shafts. High-speed data communications capabilities would be woven into the composite material to transmit drilling information.DOE will pay about $2.16 million toward the $2.9-million, 3-year research and development program, with ACPT providi...

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