Syntactic foam improves deepwater flowline thermal insulation

The industry has started installing thermal insulating material for deepwater subsea equipment, flowlines, and pipelines to ensure hydrocarbon flow under adverse conditions.Experience shows that syntactic foam can in many cases offer significant engineering and economic advantages compared to more-conventional insulation.To realize the full benefit of these materials, one must carefully select the ingredients and optimize all relevant properties with a systems approach to the manufacture, assembly, and installation.Syntactic foamSyntactic foam has been used for more than 30 years in the offshore industry, primarily as a buoyancy material for supporting risers and in various kinds of float...

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