Advertisement

Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 44, Issue 6, pp 1462–1468 | Cite as

Comprehensive analyses of syntactic foam behaviour in deepwater environment

  • François Grosjean
  • Nadège Bouchonneau
  • Dominique Choqueuse
  • Valérie Sauvant-Moynot
Syntactic and Composite Foams

Abstract

Over the past 10 years, numerous studies were performed to better understand the behaviour of the glass syntactic foams used as thermal insulation of pipes for deepwater production. The obtained results outlined some specific behaviour of polymeric syntactic foams reinforced by glass microballoons in service conditions: both water uptake and mechanical stress have a key impact on thermal properties. This article focuses first on the wet behaviour of glass syntactic foams. The effect of water is investigated to better model the nature of water diffusing in syntactic foams with and without a topcoat protection. Secondly, the effect of hydrostatic pressure on coated structure is addressed by using a confined compression test. As polymer material is bonded to the steel surface, it is not submitted to pure hydrostatic loading but to non-spherical loading in the vicinity of the pipe. The confined compression test is then chosen to represent these non-spherical loadings of material. The rupture of glass microballoons is monitored by acoustic emission for different matrices and attempts are made to quantify the resulting acoustic emission signals by comparison with prior tomography results. These experimental analyses provide a better understanding of the main factors affecting the functional properties of syntactic foams.

Keywords

Foam Acoustic Emission Riser Water Ingress Acoustic Emission Signal 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

References

  1. 1.
    Kochetkov VA, Maksimov RD (1996) Mech Comp Mat 32(1):61Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Sauvant-Moynot V, Gimenez N, Sautereau H (2006) J Mater Sci 47:4047. doi: 10.1007/s10853-006-7618-0 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Gimenez N, Sauvant-Moynot N, Sautereau H (2005) In: Proceedings of offshore mechanics and Arctic engineering (OMAE2005), Halkidiki, Greece, 12–17 June 2005Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Choqueuse D, Chomard A, Chauchot P (2004) In: Proceedings of offshore technology conference, Houston, TX, 3–6 May 2004, OTC16503Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Choqueuse D, Chomard A, Bucherie C (2002) In: Proceedings of offshore technology conference, Houston, TX, 6–9 May 2002, OTC14115Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Wang WT, Watkins L (2005) In: Proceeding of offshore mechanics and Arctic engineering (OMAE2005), Halkidiki, Greece, 12–17 June 2005Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Haldane D, Van Der Graaf F, Lankhorst AM (1999) In: Proceedings of offshore technology conference, Houston, TX, 3–6 May 1999, OTC11040Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Bouchonneau N, Sauvant-Moynot V, Grosjean F, Choqueuse D, Poncet E, Perreux D (2007) In: Proceedings of offshore technology conference, Houston, TX, 30 April–3 May 2007, OTC1879Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Mathieu Y (2006) In: IFP forum, September 2006Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Ayers RR, Collerain JB (2004) In: Deepstar CTR 6301, October 2004Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Rouillon J (2002) In: Proceedings of offshore technology conference, Houston, TX, 6–9 May 2002, OTC14171Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Okonkwo U, Uralil F, Berti E, Judd S (2005) In: Proceedings of deep offshore technology, Vittoria, Brazil, 8–10 November 2005Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Verdu J (2000) Techniques de l’Ingenieur AM3165Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Carter HG, Kibler KG (1978) J Compos Mater 12:118CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. 15.
    Lekatou A, Faidi SE, Ghidaoui D, Lyon SB, Newman RC (1997) Composites Part A 28:223CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. 16.
    Sauvant-Moynot V, Schweitzer S, Grenier J, Duval S (2004) In: Proceedings of EUROCORR 2004, Nice, France, 12–16 September 2004Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Adrien J, Maire E, Gimenez N, Sauvant-Moynot V (2007) Acta Mater 55:1667CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • François Grosjean
    • 1
  • Nadège Bouchonneau
    • 1
    • 2
  • Dominique Choqueuse
    • 2
  • Valérie Sauvant-Moynot
    • 1
  1. 1.IFP LyonSolaizeFrance
  2. 2.Ifremer Centre de BrestPlouzanéFrance

Personalised recommendations