The use of metal pipes in fluid transport infrastructure has a long history. The control of the various phenomena likely to compromise their integrity is nevertheless a matter for specialists. Structural defects, impact of different types of stress, corrosion, etc., the challenge is to maintain the safety and integrity of the installations at a very high level, while optimizing operating costs.
Rice has been developing recognized expertise in the field of metal pipeline integrity for over 30 years. This expertise is based on skills in various fields:
RICE has the means of calculations and tests led by a multidisciplinary and experienced team.
– The mechanical test hall allows to characterize the mechanical phenomena on real size pipes, representative of the customer’s network, in order to :
– The materials characterization laboratory allows the material properties to be traced back via different types of standardised tests: tensile test (two test benches with a capacity of 100 kN and 250 kN), impact bending at different temperatures, toughness, hardness/micro-hardness, 3-point and 4-point bending, metallographic analysis and expertise on fracture surfaces.
Finite element modelling capabilities (Abaqus, Code Aster, Z-Set), software and business tools to determine the mechanical strength of structures with or without defects subjected to various mechanical loads.
– The corrosion laboratory