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Quadrant’s Ketron® 1000 PEEK Extruded Stock Shapes Achieve NORSOK M-710 Compliance

Published on 2014-11-05. Author : SpecialChem

VREDEN, Germany -- Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products, one among the global leaders in machineable plastics, is further advancing industry standards by achieving NORSOK M-710 compliance for its Ketron® 1000 PEEK (natural) extruded stock shapes (plates, rods and tubes). Samples machined from the shapes performed successfully when exposed to 10% hydrogen sulphide (H2S) in 100% gas phase, as described in the ISO 23936-2:2011 standard.

The new compliance qualifies not only the resin, but also — mandatory in this qualification process — the process and machinery used by Quadrant in its conversion of polyetheretherketone (PEEK) into semi-finished products, offering the highest compliance ranking of the supply chain to the market. This new breakthrough follows last year’s achievement of NORSOK M-710 multiphase compliance for Quadrant’s Ketron® 1000 PEEK. It is a major accomplishment as the industry prepares for future ISO 23936-1 standards.

All tested materials passed the various NORSOK M-710 criteria, which cover such aspects as swell, Young’s Modulus and visual inspection. Based on these results, the qualifying institute, ‘Element™ Materials Technology,’ was able to certify that Quadrant’s Ketron® 1000 PEEK extruded plate, rod and tube are resistant to 10% H2S sour gas at temperatures up to 200 °C.

Announcing the test results, Frank Olmos, Global Market Segment Manager Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industry at Quadrant EPP, said: “Access to new reserves and deeper targets poses ever greater performance challenges for materials used in oilfield applications. Meeting the latest NORSOK standards is a critical technology innovation criterion for us at Quadrant, allowing us not only to satisfy current industry demands but also anticipate future ones.”

“NORSOK M-710 Rev3 has not yet been released, and ISO 23936-1 is being revised, so we exposed our PEEK material to the most severe conditions, as specified in the latest draft versions of NORSOK M-710 Rev3 and ISO 23936-2:2011. Machined test bars were exposed to 10% H2S in 100% gas phase, conditions that are five times more severe than the sour gas phase described in NORSOK M-710 rev2.”

For the oil and gas production industry, Quadrant supplies its Ketron® 1000 PEEK natural stock shapes (produced via extrusion, injection- and compression molding techniques) for numerous applications, including well completion, Christmas trees, control systems, downhole tools and valves.

The Ketron® PEEK product innovations are a demonstration of Quadrant’s reinforced commitment and leadership role in continued engineering plastics processing technology advancement, and in its support of cost effectiveness in the petroleum industry for research, development and operations.

Ketron® PEEK

Ketron® PEEK offers a range of advanced properties that include chemical and wear resistance, combined with high temperature rating, strength and stiffness. These make it an ideal choice where performance and reliability is required in extreme and hostile environments. It is already highly valued by design engineers for use in aerospace to oilfield drilling, in the form of structural parts, bushings, bearings, seals and backup rings.

NORSOK and ISO standards

The NORSOK standards were developed by the Norwegian petroleum industry to ensure safety, add value, and improve cost effectiveness of the industry’s developments and operations. Standard M-710 defines requirements for critical non-metallic sealing, seat and backup materials for permanent use subsea. The standard also applies to topside valves in critical gas systems.

The ISO 23936 (petroleum and natural gas industries - non-metallic materials in contact with media related to oil and gas production) standards are issued by the International Organization for Standardization. They are separated into several sections: ISO 23936-1 (Thermoplastics), -2 (Elastomers), -3 (Thermosets) -4 (Fiber reinforced composites) and -5 (Other materials).

Ketron is a registered trademark of the Quadrant Group.

About Quadrant EPP

Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products (Quadrant EPP) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of semi-finished products. Quadrant EPP’s materials range from UHMW polyethylene, nylon and acetal to ultra-high performance polymers that resist temperatures to over 425°C. The company’s rods, sheets, tubes and custom shapes are used to machine parts for the food processing and packaging sectors, semiconductor manufacturing, aerospace, electronics, chemical processing, life sciences, energy and diverse industrial equipment. Quadrant EPP also manufactures finished products for these industries. Products and services are available through a worldwide network of branch offices, technical support centers and authorized dealers.

About Quadrant group

Quadrant is among the leading global manufacturers of high-performance thermoplastic materials in the form of semi-finished products and finished parts. The company has locations in 20 countries and more than 2 000 employees. Its specialty engineering thermoplastics and composites are superior in performance to metals and other materials and are used in a wide range of applications, primarily in the capital goods industry. Together with leaders in a broad variety of customer markets, Quadrant is continuously developing new areas of application. With its new owner Mitsubishi Plastics, Inc., Quadrant is well prepared to expand its market leadership position in the future.

Source: Quadrant

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