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.
Exponent's teams provide exacting science to help you understand the use and function of the following materials in oil and gas manufacturing processes:
• Additives and stabilizers used in drilling fluid ingredients
• Adhesives used to bond or join piping systems
• Fillers and reinforcements used in composite and structural repairs
• Rubbers used in pipeline seals and gaskets
• Thermoplastics and thermosets used in the gathering, collection, and distribution of oil and gas products
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.
Polymer Science Consulting Services
Scientific insights for products containing polymers, fiberglass, resins, plastics, or other composite materials.
Polymers Used for Construction Materials
Gain insights into the polymers and materials used in all types of construction projects.
Polymers Used for Food & Beverage Packaging
Create safer, compliant, and high-performing food and beverage products.
Polymers Expertise for Consumer Products
Rigorous testing and analysis of polymers in consumer products.
Materials Used in Medical Devices, Implants & Surgical Tools
Expert evaluation of the materials used in medical devices, implants, and surgical tools.
Polymers & Materials Used for Consumer Electronics
Select, optimize, and test polymers and materials used in consumer electronics.
Polymers & Plastics in Automotive & Recreational Vehicles
Evaluate the strength and performance of polymers in automotive and recreational vehicles and marine applications.
Personal Care Products & Cosmetics
Verify and validate the ingredients in personal care and cosmetic products.
Batteries & Energy Storage
Supercharge performance, reliability, and safety across all stages of the battery and energy storage product lifecycle.
Our global and comprehensive expertise across industries gives us a deep understanding of current challenges, best industry practices, and the implications of emerging technologies.
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