- Haydale Graphene Industries subsidiary Haydale Composite Solutions has completed the installation of a composite pipe testing facility to assist in the development and approval of graphene-enhanced polymer materials for oil and gas pipelines.

As announced in December 2014, HCS have been very active in the design, development, testing and certification of reinforced thermoplastic and thermosetting composite pipes for the oil and gas industry and the Facility has been supported by a GBP261,000 Regional Growth Fund grant through the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, with the support of Leicester City Council and the European Regional Development Fund.

The facility, located at HCS in Loughborough, consists of eight independently controlled tanks which can perform short and long term pressure testing of composite pipes up to 500bar at temperatures up to 80˚C.

The Facility is very versatile and can conduct short term burst pressure tests, determine long term hydrostatic pressure rating as well as performing dynamic, fatigue and cyclic testing of composite pipes to a wide range of international standards including API 15S, ISO 14692 and ASTM D2992.

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