Polymeric Materials Used in the Oil and Gas Industry

Expansive oil pipelines stretched across the ocean. Exponent consults on polymers and composite pipeline.

Optimize performance of polymer products

Exponent provides strategic guidance, intellectual property assessments, risk assessments, and failure analysis of polymetric materials used within the oil and gas industry — including rubbers, adhesives, textiles, coatings, pipes, and composite systems.

How is Exponent's multidisciplinary approach unique for solving the oil and gas industry's most formidable challenges?

Harsh industrial conditions make oil and gas exploration, drilling, transportation, and refinery processes challenging. Industry workers frequently report leaks, cracks, and product failures of oil and gas containers, pipelines,  drilling platforms, and ancillary equipment. Joint failure, leakage in crude oil storage tanks, failure of plastic or composite piping systems, and other issues can shut down production or lead to accidents, environmental damage, and even tragic loss of life.

When polymers and composite materials fail, stakeholders need to understand the chemistry and physics behind their problems. Exponent is well-equipped to solve these problems by conducting analysis, tests, and experiments that explore the relationship between the failed product and the property limits of the specified material.

      How do our multidisciplinary, proactive strategies help keep equipment and facilities running in optimal condition?

      When polymers and composites fail, our multidisciplinary teams conduct thorough failure analyses to assist clients in understanding the chemistry and kinetics of degradation of various polymers by oxidation, ozone, UV, hydrolysis, fatigue, and other mechanisms. We can also assist in materials selection to limit the possibility of failure.

      Exponent's data science teams assist our polymer scientists in conducting comprehensive, fit-for-purpose evaluations of pipeline and service equipment, as well as developing budget projections for asset replacement projects.

      Our ecological and environmental teams are also highly skilled at helping oil and gas leaders form comprehensive product stewardship programs designed to meet applicable regulations and plan strategies for product recycling and end-use applications.

      Capabilities and Services

      Our multidisciplinary experts have a wide variety of capabilities to help identify vulnerabilities, analyze failures, and improve materials used within the oil and gas industry.

      Our Capabilities Are Unparalelled

      With expertise in over 90 disciplines and hundreds of capabilities, tools, and methodologies — we get to the root of even the most complex challenges and give you the objective answers you need.


      Our global and comprehensive expertise across industries gives us a deep understanding of current challenges, best industry practices, and the implications of emerging technologies.