Mechanics, Materials & Corrosion

HPHT wells, pipelines and underbalanced drilling implementation often present challenges to materials compatibility due to high temperatures and corrosive environments. When failure happens, root cause analysis will help explain why and how it happens.

Root cause determination involves thorough understanding of failure mechanisms, potential synergistic interaction of materials, chemical inhibition, quality control and exposure time that affects component and system performance. Root cause analysis is an essential tool to address failure-causing weaknesses of process or approach and to identify appropriate future solutions.