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Fluid & Gas Compatibility Testing

Polymers are routinely to a wide variety of fluids and gases in their application environments, and often at elevated temperature and pressure.  Thermo-chemical attack of the polymer/rubber compounds is where it can all start, whether it is swelling, breaking of chemical crosslinks, polymer chain reactions or extraction of plasticizers or antioxidants.

Argen experts have extensive experience in safe and rigorous testing with all manner of fluids and gases relevant to a variety of industries, including under extreme conditions.  Argen is fully equipped to test and qualify polymeric materials, and to study the degradation effects through mechanical and chemical testing. We have successfully completed hundreds of such projects from single pot exposures to comprehensive material qualification programs involving multiple materials, many months of aging at multiple temperatures, and post-aging evaluation by mechanical, thermal, and spectroscopic analysis.  We have performed this type of work for some of the world’s largest oil & gas exploration companies, major integrated service companies, and every position in the materials supply chain from polymer manufacturers to molders to distributors to OEM companies using these materials in their products.  We know the quirks, the pitfalls, and the best ways to most directly get the information you need.

We can perform this type of testing from the simple to the very complex.  From simple dumbbell specimens immersed in a fluid as in ASTM D471, to seals constrained in glands as in API 17D Level II testing, to specimens aged under mechanical loads while immersed in a fluid.  From standard to full custom, we have the expertise and the facilities to get the job done quickly, safely, and correctly.

Capabilities Overview

  • All manner of fluids and gases related to oil & gas industry, including up to 100% sour gas (H2S).
  • Other gases such as ammonia (NH3), carbon monoxide (CO), methane (CH4), carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Lubricants and greases
  • Food and beverage fluids
  • Fuels and hydraulic fluids relevant to automotive and aerospace industries
  • Multiple large, corrosion resistant alloy vessels suitable for sour, brine, acidic, and basic environments
  • Over 100 smaller vessels for isolated compound aging
  • Pressures up to 25 ksi
  • Bunker for safe high pressure testing
  • 25 programmable ovens ranging from -70 °C to 1,200 °C
  • Full data logging capability
  • QUV for accelerated weathering testing

Example Test Standards

ASTM D471

Standard Test Method for Rubber Property – Effect of Liquids

API 6A

Specification for Wellhead and Christmas Tree Equipment

API 17D Level 1, Level 2

Design and Operation of Subsea Production Systems – Subsea Wellhead and Tree Equipment

API 17J

Specification for Unbonded Flexible Pipe

ISO 23936-1 and -2

Petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries – Non-metallic materials in contact with media related to oil and gas production

NORSOK M710

Qualification of non-metallic materials and manufacturers – Polymers

ISO 1817

Rubber, Vulcanized or Thermoplastic – Determination of the Effect of Liquids

ASTM F146

Fluid Resistance of Gasket Materials

ASTM D6284

Chloramine Resistance

3A Sanitary

Sanitary Testing

ASTM D543

Standard Practices for Evaluating the Resistance of Plastics to Chemical Reagents

NACE TM0296

Evaluating Elastomeric Materials in Sour Liquid Environments

Various MIL standards

If you don’t see what you are looking for here, just call or send us a note.  While much of our testing is according to standardized methods, we are well versed in helping you figure out a customized method that more accurately reflects your application.  We are capable of constructing custom fixtures, vessels, control systems and the like to execute on your unique needs.

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