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SCIN - Technology to Increase the Strength of Pipelines in the Oil and Gas Industry

February 7, 2017

SCIN-treated pipes ready for deployment.

A new nanotechnology-based pipe surface treatment was debuted by Oceanit at the 2017 Exploration and Production Winter Standards Meeting in January. Held in Austin, Texas, the meeting highlighted developments and maintenance of state-of-the-art standards for the fabrication of pipe and tubular goods in the U.S. petroleum industry.

SCIN (Steel Cement Interfacial Nanobond) is a nanomaterials based surface treatment that improves the bond strength between cement and steel. The nanotechnology significantly increase the bond strength between materials to create a uniformed structure that is much less susceptible to infrastructure damage and catastrophe.

SCIN’s introduction provides a reformed technique to modify the surface of pipes, as well as a unique solution to the problem of steel-cement interfacial bonds. Oceanit has successfully field tested SCIN in both unconventional and deepwater environments with the treatment applied to over 5,200 feet of pipe ranging from 5- to 16-inch diameter. Post-job evaluation of the steel-cement bond illustrated a consistent improvement in acoustic coupling, with excellent stability in high pressure and high temperature environments.

This is the type of advancement that significantly saves costs for installation and operations, while also reducing environmental risk. The customized nanotechnology of SCIN delivers an efficient and accurate means of measure through acoustic cement evaluation, without introducing any changes to normal pipe handling equipment or procedures.

The research and development of SCIN promotes advancements in the technologies for improved infrastructures, streamlined workflows, and accurate acoustic readings through nanotechnology. “It is with great hope that we continue to build SCIN for pipes placed in stressful environments,” states Dr. Patrick K. Sullivan, Oceanit CEO and founder, “to lead safe and environmentally sound operations within these industries.”