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New ultra-low density high performance syntactic foams

Monday, 06 May 2019 12:03
Balmoral’s technical team developed a new ultra-low density syntactic buoyancy foam Balmoral’s technical team developed a new ultra-low density syntactic buoyancy foam

Facing industry demands to reduce the volume of buoyancy and increase payload on remotely operated and autonomous vehicles (ROV/AUV) Balmoral Offshore Engineering’s technical team recently completed an extensive R&D programme to develop a new range of low-density syntactic foams.

The main objectives were to produce a single, robust, ultra-low density material and this was achieved without compromising any of the key goals. The new 25-year design life systems feature densities spanning 385-530kg/m3 and are rated for use between 2000-7000msw.

Fraser Milne, engineering and projects director, said: “The new grades boast ultra-low density, extremely low manufacturing tolerance, excellent water ingress resistance, negligible long-term buoyancy loss and impressive mechanical properties without compromising our market-leading hydrostatic collapse pressure safety factors.

“The new materials are suitable for other deepwater applications including manned submarines, suspended oceanographic instrumentation and pipe support buoyancy. For ROV/AUV purposes the new materials can be supplied either as slab-stock or fully designed and customised buoyancy blocks.

“As the deepwater sector begins to gather pace I would encourage OTC visitors to come and talk to me on Booth 1339-A to learn more about these fantastic new solutions.”

Notes to editor

Balmoral Offshore Engineering is part of Balmoral Group Holdings Ltd, a privately owned company based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Employing over 600 people Balmoral has been providing solutions to the energy, engineering, marine, building, polymer engineering and processing sectors since 1980.

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