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DragX Nanocomposite Technology
DragX is a nanocomposite surface treatment for enhanced asset integrity and flow assurance that creates a durable, omniphobic, low-friction surface. The novel technology improves flow efficiency by creating an ultra-slick surface along the pipe wall and its omniphobic repelling properties combat adhesion, wax deposition, asphaltene, hydrates, and other flow restrictions.
No breakthrough technology is developed overnight. The fundamental research that produced the DragX technology goes back 20+ years to a big bet by the U.S. Department of Defense to create new nanotechnology surface treatments for military assets in the most extreme environments.
DragX has undergone extensive testing and is used in a wide range of pipeline and tubular applications transporting hydrocarbons, wastewater, water, and more. The nanocomposite surface treatment can be applied to new pipes and existing lines, in-place. DragX has demonstrated excellent flow assurance capabilities and durability in the harshest environments.
Deposition of debris such as asphaltenes, paraffin wax, hydrate formation, and scale can impede production and constrict pipelines, causing significant increases in required pumping pressure or resulting in lengthy, complex, and costly shutdowns. The formation of deposits along pipe walls can significantly increase in required pumping pressure and can lead to leaks, failures, and other costly accidents.
Corrosion, particularly Microbiologically-Induced Corrosion (MIC) can create pitting, under deposit, and galvanic corrosion in pipelines that can lead to leaks and ruptures in gas pipelines. With support from NETL, Oceanit researched DragX nanocomposite surface treatment technologies to solve to the looming MIC threat facing the U.S.’s three million+ miles of aging natural gas infrastructure.
Drag & Pressure Loss Reduction
DragX reduces pipeline pressure loss by vastly reducing surface energy and frictional forces in flow conditions along the pipe wall. The advanced nanomaterial endows pipelines’ inner surface with low surface energy, reducing pressure loss and the need for costly inhibitors or injection of flow assurance chemicals. On Heavily corroded lines, DragX can reduce pressure drop losses by a factor of two.
DragX was developed as an end-to-end system, including surface prep, application, and QC. It can be applied to new or in-service pipe, either in-factory or in-situ via Oceanit’s CorLance™ application system. Oceanit developed specialized tooling and processes for each step, including a novel pigging application process that can be used for long segments (miles), multiple diameters (up to 30”), and varying bends (90 degrees).
OTC-31189-MS Flow Assurance Case Study
Surface Treatment Strategies for Mitigating Gas Hydrate & Asphaltene Formation, Growth, and Deposition in Flowloops.
OTC-32059-MS Mitigating Solids Deposition
Scale-Up and Modeling Efforts Using an Omniphobic Surface Treatment for Mitigating Solids Deposition.
Utah State Univ. Utah Water Research Lab
Pipe Friction Loss Testing of 6-Inch Steel Pipes With and Without the Presence of DragX Surface Treatment.
SPE-208080-MS Corrosion Case Study
Decarbonization and Improved Energy Efficiency Using a Novel Nanocomposite Surface Treatment.
OMniphobic surface treatment videos
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