Materials in the Underwater Environment

13 March, 2013


Materials in the Underwater Environment

13 March 2013 Aberdeen, UK

CHAIRMAN: Martin Harley







SUT+ Pre-talk
Martin Harley
, Lead Materials Engineer, BG Group (Aberdeen)

SUT+ Pre-Talks are targeted at developing professionals and newcomers to industry, with the aim of providing attendees with additional background subject knowledge to enhance the main SUT presentations which follow.

Martin provides an introduction to the basic concepts of materials engineering, covering the topics presented in the main seminar. Of particular importance is the role of the materials engineer in the design process.

Metal-Ceramic Composite Coatings for heat, wear and corrosion protection
Alan Davidson
, Edinburgh Napier University, Advanced Materials Centre

Edinburgh Napier University have developed a novel technique for coating components with a metal-ceramic. Electroless co-deposition allows complex geometries to be uniformly protected from corrosion, wear and/or heat, includes ceramics in its composition, can be graduated over its cross-section and can include porosity for added thermal protection.

Failure Analysis and polymer selection for subsea applications
Dr. Zhiying Zhang
, Materials Engineer, BPP-Tech

Failure analysis provides valuable information that benefits design and operation. The failure investigation process will be discussed, covering expert witness experience on mooring wire ropes, chains, power cables, umbilicals and flexible pipes, and how the findings influenced selection of polymer, elastomer and composite materials

Understanding Elastomer Behavior and the Effect of Correct Design in Subsea Applications
Paul Williams
, Subsea Projects and Operations Manager, Apache North Sea

Engineers pre-supposed understanding of the materials characteristics and behavior of Elastomers when used underwater can sometimes lead to incorrect selection or design decisions. A number of generic case studies will illustrate where a lack of behavioral understanding lead to problems which in turn caused delay and cost money