Increase efficiency, quality and reliability with silicone solutions for the Oil & Gas Sector
The oil and gas sector is vast and with global demand ever increasing for natural resources, reliability and excellent lifespan of materials used in this sector are required to ensure performance can withstand the demand. From equipment, health & safety to maintenance and repairs, the level of quality has to be of the highest order to ensure failure is reduced to a minimum.
How does silicone rubber improve efficiency in Oil & Gas sector?
Well known for its extreme temperature and environmental resistance, silicone rubber lends itself to oil and gas pipeline construction. Silicone Engineering manufacture and supply kSil™ sheeting, which can go up to +270°C and as low as -60°C (+518°F to -76°F). With such stability at a wide range of temperatures silicone can be used in the construction of pipelines running through extremely cold environments such as Russia, Scandinavia and Canada to hotter environments such as the Middle East and Africa. With its inert properties and environmental resistance to UV and Ozone, lifespan is increased and more importantly risk of failure decreases significantly.
Pipeline support gaskets and thermal insulation are the two common applications of both kSil™ solid sheeting and kSil™ closed cell sponge sheeting. Solid support gaskets sit neatly within the pipeline support brackets spaced evenly along the path of the pipeline. The silicone gaskets provide a fixed cushion between the metal support bracket and the pipeline to avoid metal on metal contact. This reduces the risk of damage should the pipeline move. The gasket also acts to reduce vibration from the pipeline which again prevents damage to the pipe.
Although silicone can withstand high heat, it also has excellent thermal insulation properties. Used to insulate pipelines, silicone sponge ensures controlled temperatures are maintained when running through cold environments.
Oil & Gas Silicone Solutions from the Silicone Experts
With an extensive range of silicone formulations and our own on-site, state of the art laboratory, Silicone Engineering are experts in the silicone arena. With our 55 years expertise in silicone rubber we are well placed to advise on the material and how it should be used.
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Oil & Gas Products
Silicone rubbers can be applied to a wide range of applications in this sector, utilising silicone’s generic properties of high temperature resistance and excellent environmental resistance. Silicone Engineering specialise in working closely with companies to understand the exact requirements needed from a silicone material to allow the correct grade to be specified for the application.
kSil™ silicone sponge and silicone solid sheeting grades are widely used in the Oil & Gas sector. With silicone’s extreme temperature resistance and excellent environmental resistance, the material is perfectly placed to withstand the high performance required in heavy industrial applications. With pipelines also being exposed to ranging temperature extremes both hot and cold, silicone remains stable from -60°C to 230°C with an extreme high temperature grade kSil™THT, being available that can withstand temperatures up to 270°C.
As well as producing specialty materials, Silicone Engineering has a wide range of general purpose grades that can be be extruded as profiles and sections for seals and fabricated gaskets.