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Automated Dynamics Develops Carbon Fibre Composite Component For Deep-Sea Use

26 September 2010

Automated Dynamics has developed a high-performance carbon fibre composite hydraulic pump with Cameron, the provider of flow equipment products, systems and services to worldwide oil, gas and process industries.

The new machine component was displayed at the 2010 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas.

The large capacity hydraulic pump, has several components composed of a proprietary PEEK carbon composite and is designed to operate in ultra-deep water applications. The use of advanced composite materials was driven by the desire to minimize the deflections of the inner and outer barrel under service loading conditions to insure the annular piston seal performance was maximized. Other features of the design included optimization of the composite/metal interface, inclusion of a washout port and the introduction of a metallic liner.

“The use of advanced composite materials has allowed us to redesign a machine component to operate at depths that challenge conventional materials designs,” said Ronald B. Bucinell, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Union College. Bucinell conducted the finite element analysis of the component. “It also meets all design objectives while maintaining industry accepted factors of safety and compatibility with mating components.”

“This is an exciting product that we’re proud to be developing with Cameron,” said, James Harty, vice president, Sales and Marketing, Automated Dynamics. “By using a high-performance carbon fiber and PEEK matrix composite in conjunction with precise fiber placement technologies, we minimize water absorption, marine biofouling and weight while optimizing the material construction to meet the demanding functional and form-fit requirements.”





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