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Repair Techniques for Flexible Pipe External Sheath

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T. A. Netto, J. M. Touça, M. Ferreira, V. Gonçalez

COPPE/UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

R. Marnet

Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Paper No. OMAE2008-57444, pp. 387-397; 11 pages
  • ASME 2008 27th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 3: Pipeline and Riser Technology; Ocean Space Utilization
  • Estoril, Portugal, June 15–20, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4820-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3821-8
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


During installation or service, the external sheath of flexible pipes can suffer damages that may result in loss of sealing and exposure of the annular region to the external environment. Additionally, visual inspection of the armor layers is sometimes necessary to assess their structural integrity. Such procedure requires cutting out a small segment (window) of the external sheath. One of the most effective inspection techniques to detect problems in the topside relief valves, damages on the external sheath, or pressure barrier failure is the surface monitoring of the pressure in the annular region. Therefore, in the event of sheath damage or inspection windows, in situ repair techniques that guarantee the recovery of its sealing properties are important, particularly in the regions above sea level and water depths usually up to 30 meters. When the pipes are below this level, repairs are in general done on board of an installation vessel. Due to the inherent complexities of each region, specific repair techniques have been developed by PETROBRAS to date. Nevertheless, these techniques do not guarantee the annular space sealing, therefore hampering pressure monitoring. The objective of this work was to develop an external sheath repair technique using light, resistant, and easy-to-install materials for the areas above sea level and small depths (up to 30 m) capable to provide the necessary sealing for annular space monitoring.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME
Topics: Maintenance , Pipes



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