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Parker’s Degradable Material Solutions for Downhole Completions Highlighted at OTC
LEXINGTON, KY, May 2 - The O-Ring & Engineered Seals Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, will feature their degradable solutions for oil and gas operations at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) on May 2-5 in Houston. The ZP203-80 and the ZP204 degradable elastomer compounds eliminate the need for coiled tubing intervention, or drill out, when used as a sealing element in oil and gas completions.
Degradable materials are used in oil and gas operations to create high pressures in hydraulically fractured wells. They can minimize well intervention by keeping wells flowing and preventing blockages. These materials can withstand the high pressures and temperatures that are experienced during an application, and then they gradually break down into tiny particles that do not need to be recovered. Due to this natural degradation, degradable elastomer compounds save considerable time and reduce costs.
“As competition increases in the global energy market, producers seek technologies that will reduce costs and improve well efficiencies,” says Dana Severson, regional sales manager - oil & gas, Engineered Materials Group, Parker Hannifin. “Degradable elastomers replace the traditional composite products used in completion operations and can be customized to the application.”
The ZP203 and ZP204 compounds are formulated to offer the tough physical properties that are required for sealing pressures up to 10,000 psi during hydraulic fracturing operations. When hydraulic frac is complete, the unique compound degradation is activated by the water-based frac fluids to allow breakdown into flowable, non-clogging particulates, providing multiple benefits to the end user. Degradation can be on the scale of days to weeks, depending on temperature, but is not greatly affected by wide range of salinities.
Advantages of degradable composites
Thermoplastic elastomers have consistent high tensile strength and elongations for ambient and elevated temperatures. These provide customers with consistent performance over a wide range of temperatures. Parker’s ZP203 and ZP204 are formulated for an ideal working temperature range of 130°F to 180°F but can be used outside of these if a wider range of degradation time is acceptable.
Other advantages of degradable composites include improved the overall completion performance of the well, highly engineered products that can be processed via multiple methods to produce desired shape, and the opportunity for dual material use for product performance.
In particular, Parker’s ZP203 and ZP204 degradable elastomer compounds feature:
- 80 and 90 Shore A Hardness
- 10ksi Pressure Capability
- Ideal Temperature Range of 130° to 180° F
- Elastomeric Resilience
- Water Activated Degradation
- Tolerant of a Wide Range of Salinities
- Reduces to Non-Clogging Particulates
- Available in Packing Elements, O-Rings, Custom Shapes, and Bonded Profile Seals
Our strong engineering and lab support
Parker engineers work with oil and gas design teams around the world to customize degradable materials for specific applications. Our proprietary materials are compounded in-house, which allows us to provide quick-turn delivery production orders and sample requests in a matter of days, including optical inspection to ensure tight tolerances, custom labeling, laser marking and packaging services.
Parker’s dedicated oil and gas sealing experts, dedicated development labs and processing equipment are at the forefront of emerging applications for degradable technologies in the energy field. For more information, or to discuss your project needs with a Parker engineer, visit us at OTC, booth #2614 on May 2-5, 2022. Not attending? Download our brochure to learn more about our high-performance sealing materials for oil and gas applications.
About O-Ring & Engineered Seals Division
Parker O-Ring & Engineered Seals Division provides cutting edge elastomeric technology, designing precision-engineered sealing solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The division offers a broad spectrum of materials ranging from chemically resistant, high temperature FFKM’s to a variety of premium sealing compounds. Whether it is an "off-the-shelf" industrial standard O-ring or a custom shape engineered to customer specifications, our commitment to service is designed to minimize downtime and maximize quality. For more information, visit the division's web site at www.parker.com/oes or www.parkerorings.com.
About Parker Hannifin
Parker Hannifin is a Fortune 250 global leader in motion and control technologies. For more than a century the company has been enabling engineering breakthroughs that lead to a better tomorrow. Learn more at www.parker.com or @parkerhannifin.