SINTEF at all times has an extensive portfolio of pipelines related projects. Examples of such prosjects are shown below. Please see the link Contact above to request more information regarding SINTEF Pipelines projects.
LEDA - LedaFlow is a multi-dimensional multi-phase flow simulator and the next generation technology platform for multi-phase flow assurance analyses of flow lines, down-hole tubes and sub-sea processeses. LedaFlow is now being commercialized by Kongsberg Maritime and Technology Forums and User Forums are being establsihed in 2009 and 2010.
ColdFlow - a technology that will allow subsea field developments based on ultra-long cold multiphase wellstream transport in uninsulated pipelines with no heating requirements and no chemical additives, and with very simplified subsea equipment and control procedures. The growth of hydrate particles is actually promoted to create an inert slurry of particles that is easily transported, and that prevents hydrate blockage and wax formation.
SMOOTHPIPE - a research program focusing on the internal surface properties of pipeline materials, with the objective to understand how surface properties can be modified by coatings in order to reduce pressure drop. The main anticipated benefit is more efficient transport of unprocessed (multiphase) fluids over long distances without corrosion and precipitation of e.g. wax and hydrates.
FACE - an 8-year centre for research based innovation program where the main objective is to deliver world class applied and fundamental research and education focused on production, transportation and separation of complex well fluids. This includes development of new generic models for flow assurance verified and tested for heavy oil (www.sfiface.no).
HYADES - this project studies the deposition and mitigation of hydrate plugs in pipelines theoretically and experimentally, building on fundamental work to study the surface characteristics and dynamics of hydrate particles in oil/water multiphase flows in pipelines. The principal objective is to develop a fundamental understanding of hydrate deposition in multiphase transport of petroleum fluids.
SmartPipe - the aim of the project is to develop “Self-diagnostic pipelines”. The vision is an online system of sensors and integrated assessment tools that continuously monitor the integrity and development of the pipeline. The system should be self-contained with local power generation and wireless communication that eliminates the need for external systems in remote and inaccessible areas. The first demonstration phase was completed in 2009 and will be followed by a prototype development and pilot test in phase two and finally first full installation in phase 3.
Fracture Control Offshore Pipelines Phase II - the project aims to develop a procedure for fracture assessment of pipelines subjected to plastic deformation (strain-based design). The procedure will be described in a Project Guideline and the work will build upon results obtained in Phase I of the Project.
Crack Arrest - full scale burst testing (running fracture) to investigate propagating fracture speeds and arrest properties for pipes with hydrogen, natural gas and possibly CO2
Direct Electrical Heating (DEH) - DEH is used for remediation of hydrate formation and wax deposition in pipelines and for melting of ice plugs. Electrical power is used to feed the system (cable installed on the pipeline). Several installations have been carried out.
SIMLA.Installation - project for on-board monitoring, analysis and decision support with SIMLA during offshore pipe laying operations.
DeepLine - a MARINTEK Strategic Institute Programme (SIP) for development of new knowledge, technology and tools related to design, installation and operation of subsea pipelines in deep waters and rough environments.