Materials Replacing Steel in Oil & Gas Industry

Emerging Lightweight Materials Poised to Replace Heavy Steel Across Oil and Gas Applications

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The oil and gas industry is in the lookout for new materials that can offer a solution to the challenges imparted by the traditionally used one such as steel. While steel and other metals such as aluminum and cast iron are remarkable in terms of strength performance and handling high volumes of oil and gas fluids, a major drawback associated with all these materials is corrosion due to various reasons. Some of these include handling corrosive chemicals, prolonged contact with the high moisture environment (if the pipe is buried underground) or even high temperature and pressure conditions can result in a metal based product being corroded that is followed by development of stress and finally leading to crack th

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1.0 Executive Summary1.1 Research Scope1.2 Research Process and Methodology1.3 Key Findings1.4 Key Attributes Necessary for Materials to Compete With Steel in the Oil & Gas Industry1.5 Plastics, Composites, Advanced Steels, and Multilayer Materials are the Key Materials to Compete with Steel2.0 Use of Steel in the Oil & Gas Industry2.1 Stainless and Carbon Steel as per SAE Standards Are in Demand in the Oil and Gas Industry2.2 Both Recycled Materials and Traditional Raw Materials are Currently Used in Steel Production2.3 High Malleability and Ductility of Carbon Steel Make it Attractive2.4 Stainless Steel Finds Applications in Storage Tanks and Heat Exchangers2.5 Tool Steel Faces Challenges With Metal Forming2.6 Steel Is Heavy and Associated With High Risks of Corrosion3.0 Factors Influencing the Replacement of Steel 3.1 Oil and Gas Companies and EPC Firms are Key Stakeholders who Impact Decision Making3.2 Need to Eliminate Corrosion Acts as a Significant Driver for Adoption of New Materials3.3 Environmental Impact Related to Steel Production is a Major Challenge4.0 Alternate Materials to Replace Steel4.1 Emerging Materials Must Meet Performance Requirements to be Considered for Adoption4.2 Some of the Key Materials are Already Being Considered for Use4.3 Major Plastics such as PET and Polyamides Are Being Adopted in Pipelines 4.4 Major Composites Such as Carbon Fibers and Glass Reinforced Composites Are Being Introduced4.5 Advanced High Strength Steels Find Applications in Demanding Areas4.6 Rig Components, Strings, and Pipelines are the Key Onshore Applications 4.7 Rig Components, Strings, and FPSOs are the Key Offshore Applications4.8 Line Pipe Is the Key Application Under Oil and Gas Wherein Alternative Materials Can Penetrate5.0 Innovation Indicators5.1 From Funding Perspective, North America is Keen on Exploring New Materials5.2 Notable Partnerships Between Material Developers and Oil and Gas Corporates are Prominent Across the Globe5.3 Increasing Filing of Patents Focused on Steel Replacement Materials5.4 Plastics and Composites Have the Most Patent Filings in the Past Six Years5.5 Polymer Developments With Increased Strength Can be Noticed While Carbon and Glass Fiber is of Interest to Oil and Gas Companies5.6 Nanosteel and High Strength Ferritic Steels Find Steady Adoption5.7 Self-healing Materials and Nanoadditives are Developed as Ad-Hoc Replacements5.8 Material Developers Seek Funding to Explore New Materials as Steel Replacements6.0 Evaluation of Emerging Opportunities 6.1 Opportunity Strategic Evaluation: A Key Decision Making Tool to Position Steel Replacement Materials6.2 Plastic and Carbon Fiber Manufacturers Need New Ideas to Widen Technology Adoption6.3 Emergence of Technical Plastics and Composites Provide Competition to Traditional Metals7.0 Technology Development and Adoption Roadmap7.1 Materials With Characteristics Similar to that of Steel for Serving as Partial Replacements7.2 Emergence of Key Replacement Materials Within the Next 6 Years8.0 Analyst Perspectives8.1 Strategic Recommendations to Oil and Gas Companies: Potential Adoption Areas of Materials8.2 Strategic Recommendations to Material Developers: Showcasing Unmet End User Needs9.0 Key Contacts9.1 Key Company Contacts10. Appendix10.1 Opportunity Strategy Evaluation-What is it?10.2 Plastic Cannot Replace Steel Completely; However, It Does Hold Certain Uniqueness10.3 Plastics and Carbon Fiber Composites Provide the Best Options for Steel Replacement10.4 Halliburton Energy Company and Shell Oil Company Are the Key Patent AssigneesLegal Disclaimer




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