|Title of Invention||
A MEANS TO SEAL TERMINALEND OF TWO HALF OVERSIZED SLEEVES
|Abstract||The invention relates to a permanent method of repairing leaking, damaged or weakened pipe by grit blasting the pipe (10), followed by wrapping it with a fibre reinforced composite material (12), then installing two half oversized steel sleeves (14). after that the non-gaseous matter is removed by water and compressed air or inert gas. an epoxy or cementitious grout or a combination of both is finally injected into annular chamber (20) of the sleeves through pre installed inlet port (16) and outlet port (18). the epoxy or cementitious is then allow to cure. the means to seal the terminal end of steel sleeves includes a pair end flanges (32) matingly securable to a pair of terminator bodies (45).|
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THE PATENT ACT 1970
(39 of 1970)
& The Patents kules, 2003 PROVISIONAL/COMPLETE SPECIFICATION (See section 10 and rule 13)
1. «A MEANS TO SEAL TERMINAL END OF TWO HALF OVERSIZED SLEEVES".
2. (1) (a) PETRONAS RESEARCH & SCIENTIFIC SERVICES SDN. BHD.
(b) LOT.:3288& 3289, OFF JALAN AIR HITAMi KAWASANINSTITUSIBANGI, 43000 KAJANG, SELANGOR DARUL EHSAN, MALAYSIA.
(2) (a) ORINIPPON TRADING SDN. BHD.
(b) LOT.NO.:9,JALAN P/15 KAWASAN PERINDUSTRIAN MIEL FASA 4, SEKSYEN10, 43680 BANDAR BARU BANGI, SELANGOR DARUL EHSAN, MALAYSIA.
The following specification particularly describes the invention and the manner in which it is to be performed.
The invention relates to a method and means of repairing a pipe more particularly the invention relates to a method and means of repairing a damaged pipe without isolating the pipe or without stopping the flow of materials within the pipe.
When pipe repairs are to be carried out, three main repair scenarios are normally encountered. This will include (i) pipes subject to extemal metal loss (caused by corrosion or mechanical damage), (ii) pipes subject to internal metal loss (caused b corrosion, erosion or erosion/corrosion) and (iii) piping components that are leaking. In addition to these main repair scenarios, the extent of the deterioration or damage (i.e. localized or extensive) has also to be considered when choosing the repair methods and repair componoits.
Current repair methods include clamps (localized repairs) and specialized connectors with sleeves (extensive repairs). It is equally possible to encircle the defective area with close fit metallic sleeves which are welded together. Hiis however, has to be sed welded. These metiiods could cause weld induced damage or material property changes on the pipe being repaired. In underwater conditions this may require specialist habitats to cany out hyperbaric welding. This can prove costly and can pose additional dangers. Weldingonjive pipelines poses further additional dangers.
Condition and extent of damage of the pipe essentially dictates the type of repairs to be carried out. If the extemal surface is damaged to the extent that an elastomeric seal cannot provide sufficient sealing forces in the immediate vicinity of the damage, or in the relatively unaffected areas adjacent to the major damage (these areas being used to effect the sealing forces of "stand-off repair clamps), the external pipe surface may need to be re-installed using some form of filler material. Developments using epoxy-filled steel sleeves have been shown to accommodate such areas of extensive damage and have applications for a whole range of defects including corrosion, non- propagating cracks, dents or gouges in both axial and
circumferential orientation, and girth weld associated anomalies. The epoxy-fiUed sleeve repair technique is typicaMy recommended on areas operating below 100 barg with temperatures not exceeding 10O°C. It was assumed that epoxy filled sleeves can
be used for leak containment. However in various tests conducted it has been found that the sleeves were only able to contain leaks below 40barg. Additional tests were conducted to determine if pumping epoxy and allowing it to cure under pressure i.e. in equilibrium pressure (to that within the pipe) would produce better results. The tests prove that higher pressures are obtained but in practical terms this will involve de-rating the pipe or suspending production and could prove costly for operators. There is a need therefore to develop a method where the pipes can be repaired without de-rating the pipe or suspending the throughput of the pipe.
The prior art method is expensive in that heavy duty coimectors dimensioned to fit the damaged pipes, need to be provided. Such connectors are expensive and take substantial man-hours to design, manufacture and assemble. The prior art composite fibre wraps which has a pressure limit not exceeding 40 barg. When the axial pressure exceeds 40barg or when used in isolation are considered temporary repairs.
The invention discloses a permanent method of repairing or reinforcing a weakened area in a pipeline section. The method includes removing rust, old coating and other unwanted surface blemishes by grit blasting. Then the leaking, damaged or weakened surface are wrapped with at least one layer of reinforced composite wrap material. The composite wrap is left to cure. If necessary, to further mechanically strengthen the affected portion of the pipeline, the pipeline in the affected areas is encapsulated by sleeves. Optionally, a wear plate can be placed between the affected portion of the pipeline and the composite wrap material. Two half oversized steel sleeves are installed over the pipe section and bolted together or seal welded together and thus forming ail annular chamber. Non gaseous matter in the annular chamber is removed by flushing with fresh water and followed by flushing with inert gas or atmospheric air. Load bearing epoxy or cementitious grout with high compressive strength in excess of 1 lOMpa or a combinaition of both separated by chambers is then introduced into annular chamber. Finally the grout / combination of grout is allowed to cure. The above invention is used for pipelines submerged in water or sea. Alternatively the same method pan be done for pipelines on land except the procedures are modified where by the two half oversized steel sleeves can be welded together and the flushing
with fresh water will no longer be required. The unwanted matter can be flushed out using compressed air or inert gas.
In anoiier aspect, the invention discloses a means to seai the terminal ends of the two half oversized sleeves, positionable on the extepal circumferential side of affected riser pipes. The means comprises of a pair of flange bodies integral to the two half oversized sleeves and a pair of terminator bodies. Each flange body includes a semi-circular collar with a plurality of bores thereon and a semi-circular lip. The terminator body includes a semi-circular collar with a plurality of bores thereon, and a semi-circular recess structured and configured to receive the semi-circular lip. A graphite body is introduceable into the semi-circular recess. The terminator body is
secured agaiiist ^he flange body % tightenirig ef nuts and holts introduced between the bores (apertures) in the flange body and the terminator body.
In another aspect, the flange ends of the two half oversized steel sleeves are serrated along the longitudinal axis and sheets of PTFE body is placed between the two steel sleeves before the steel sleeves are bolted together by nuts and bolts.
Hie invention will be described in reference to a preferred embodiments of the invention with reference to the following diagrams:
Figure 1 shows a leaking, damaged or weakened surface area and the area beyond the leaking, damaged or weakened surface portion of pipeline is to be grit blasted.
Figure 2 shows a leaking, damaged or weakened surface area wrapped with fibre reinforced wrap.
Figure 3 A shows longitudinal cross-sectional views of a pipe being repaired with a 30 wear plate and wrap around fibre reinforced wrapped. Figure 3B shows a cross
sectional view of pipe in Figure 4.
"Figure 4 shows an enclosure of the surface area with two iialf oversized steel sleeves with inlet and outlet port (Details of bolts and nuts or welds not shown).
figure 5 A shows diagrammatic longitudinal and cross-sectional views of a pipe feeing repaired with a wear plate (optional) wrapped around fibre reinforced wrap, enclosed
in sleeves with annular ichamberlilled with grout.
Figure 6 shows a cut away perspective view of a pipe being repaired with half sleeves
and terminating means
Figure 7 shows a radial cross-sectional view of the pipe shown in Figure 6.
Figure 8 shows a detailed partial section^ view of the seal wings of the sleeves.
Figure 9 shows a sectional view of die terminating means.
Figure 10 shows details of graphite dng splice.
The surface of a damaged/deteriorated pipe (20) is prepared first by grit blasting to remove rust and remnants of old coating. Grit blasting is known as one of
abrasive blasting. The blasting of the pipe (20) is carried out by sweep blasting using fine. abi3sives not contaixung,,irpn,,(e.g-- garnet, aluminum oxide),- glass pearls or stainless steel shot. Maximum speed and most effective cleaning is obtained by systematic blasting Work is blocked out in 30cm squares and each square blasted evenly until-complete. A minimum of 25mm into any adjacent coated area is continued by blasting and the edges are feathered.
Then the thinned down, leaking or affected area is wrapped around with a fibre reinforced composite wrap (21) capable of .curing under water and standing pressure. Example of a wrap is a fiberglass cloth pre-impregnated with a resin that can be activated by salt or fresh water. (Fig 2) Optionally, wear plates
weapped with overlapping layers. The number of wraps depends upon the operating pressure desired; the greater the pressure the more wraps. Once the wrap is cured, it is preferable to control blast to create an anchor pattern for the-epoxy or grout to be subsequently injected.
The above described embodiment is acceptable for temporary repars of affected riser pipes. To provide a more permanent solution, a further strengthening of the affected area of the riser is required.
Two baif oversized matingly engageable steel sleeves (22) are then installed covering and extending to beyond the deteriorated part of a pipe (26) (Fig. 5). The extension of flie sleeves (22) beyond the deteriorated part of the pipe is to eater for axial loads Of the material transported within the pipe. Tile sleeves are welded or bolted together around and beyond the damaged / deteriorated or corroded area. When the sleeves are secured together by nuts and bolts, then one surface of the flange of each sleeve is serrated all along one side of the length of the sleeves (see Fig. 8). A strip of PTFE is placed between the serrated surface before the sleeves are secured together. The ends of the sleeves are capped The sleeves are with inlet (16) and outlet (18) port
at the ends. The sleeves are dimensioned to allow an annular chamber (25) between the original pipe(20) and the sleeves(22). Upon installation of the sleeves the ends are capped using either fast epoxy curing resins or elastomeric seals (27) which are compressed when the sleeves are bolted or welded together or secured by other known means in the art.
The annulus gap typically will range from 12.7mm to perhaps maximum of 76.2mm and will be dependent upon surface condition of the effected area i.e. dents, weld protrusions, out of dimension pipe etc. The size of the annulus shall be calculated to provide sufifitient sheer and axial load carrying capacity. In addition grout (29) can be formulated with additives or aggregates to eiflier insulate the pipe (reduce thermal shock especially at the splash zone) or to reduce shrinkage of Ae epoxy.
All ambient water present in the annular chamber (25) should be discharg(?d by means of the application of compressed air or other inert gas wife a pressure not exceeding ^.7 bar (POpsi) entering through the inlet port (16| and allowing discharge through the outlet port (18). The maximum pressure stated is for indicative purposes only and is dependent upon the capacity of the end seals.
Upon removal of all ambient water from the annular chamber (25) by means of compressed air or inert gas, the annular chamber (25) is flushed with fresh water. The fresh water is injected from the inlet port (16) and allowed to exit at the outlet port (18). The fresh water is pumped at a pressure not exceeding 9.7bar (140psi). The procedure is continued until complete discharge of all contaminants. Upon completion of the above, ths iaesh water is dischaiged by means of introduction of inert gas. This procedure is continued until ail moisture is discharged fiPom the annular chamber (25). The pressure in the annular chamber (25) during the injection of the inert gas shall not exceed 9.7 bar (WOpsi).
Finally a load bearing grout capable of curing under water is then injected into annul chamber (425).of the sleeves.through the prerinstdled inlet and outlet port (16, 18). The maximum injection pressure shall not exceed 9.7bar;(I40psi).
Load bearing filler material used in this present invention is either epoxy based or cementitious grout. The epoxy" should have low viscosity, designed for ^plication with automatic meter, mix and dispense pressure injection equipment. The physical properties allow its use in applications requiring high load bearing strength and excellent adhesion under adverse application conditions. It should have a long working life and low exotherm reaction (minimal heat generation during cure that make it suitable for applications where a relatively large mass of adhesive is employed. Preferably the epoxy should have a high degree of chemical and radiation resistance attainable in the ambient temperature. The injected epoxy is left to cure in accordance with manufacturer"s recommendations.
The cementitious grout should have high compressive straigth and should be pumpable and similarly should fee left to cure as per manufacturer"s recommendations. The epoxy I grout coinpleteiy integrates the sleeves (22) and the existing pipe (20) providing additional structurl reinforcement. The sleeves (22) isolate the pipe thus preventing further external corrosion and being bonded to the pipe (20) further strengthens the pipe. The fibre reinforced wrap (21) contains leaks within corroded area and in conjunction with the load bearing grout (29) contains the hoop stresses experienced by the pipe. The axial loads are contained by making sleeves longer than the affected area.
In another aspect of the invention, there is disclosed a pair of end flanges integerally secured to the pair of matingly engageable steel sleeves and a pair of independent terminal flanges, which are matingly engageable to the said end flanges (see Fig. 6). It will be appreciated that instead of terminal ends of the matingly engageable steel sleeves being seaied by means of curing resins or elastimeric Seals, metal flanges are used to provide more secure end sealing effect.
Referring to Fig"6, there is shown a sectional. view of a riser/ipeline (20) to 15 which is secured a pair of half sleeve pipes (22). Each half sleeve pipe (22) is a diameter teger than the diameter of the intended riser / pipeline (20) which it is proposed to cover. The half sleeve includes a flange (24) at the terminal edges, said flange extending throughout the length of the half sleeve. Each of the half sleeve pipes includes a longitudinal serrated strip (26) extending throughout the length. The longitudinal serrated strip is designed to secure a longitudinal seal (28), such as an elastomeric seal (such as PTFE), copper seal or any other seal capable of being compressed between the two half sleeves to prevent leakage of materials contained within the two half sleeves when assembled together. The flanges include a plurality of spaced apart apertures (28) to accommodate nuts and bolts which are used to connect the two half sleeves.
Instead of the two half sleeves being secured together by means of flanges (24), it is possible to securethe hatf sleeves by welding along the edges. In this embodiment, there is no need for flanges at the half sleeves, neither is tliere a need for longitudinal serrated strips on the flanges.
Each terminal end of each half sleeve iftcludes an end-flange body (32) integrated with the rest of the half sleeve. Vm end-flange body (32) includes a semi circular collar (34) with spaced apart apertures (36). It further includes two flange portions (38,44) co-planar to the flange (24) in the rest of the sleeve. The said flange (38) includes apertures (40) to accommodate nuts and bolts when securing the end-flange body (32) to its appropriate end-flange body of the matingly engageable terminator body. Integral to the end-flange body is semi-circular lip (42) extending forward from the semi-collar (34).
The invention further includes a temiinator body (45) structurally configured to be secured to the end-flange body (32). The terminator body (45) is independent and comprises of two identical halves to be secured to the two end-flange bodies (32). Each terminator body (45) includes a semi-circular collar (46) with spaced apart apertures (48). It also includes two pairs of flanges (50, 52) each with an aperture (53). The flanges (50) are positioned in a manner sudi that two terminator bodies placed in mirror image to each other are securable to each other by nuts and bolts. The terminator body further includes semi-circular recess (54) dimensioned and configured to receive the semi-circular lip (42) from the end-flange body (32).
The working of the end connector comprising of the end-flange body and the terminator body will be described now. The half sleeve with the end^flange body (32) is positioned on the pre determined position of the riser pipe (20). The longitudinal seals (28) are placed in position along the longitudinal serrated strips. A graphite ring (56) formed by two semi-circular graphite strips is placed in the semi-circular recess (54). Preferably the temiinal edges of semi-circular graphite strips is obliquely cut to provide a more effective seal (see Fig. 10). Three mild steel rings (60, 62, 64) are positioned
adjacent to graphite ring. The rings are provided to prevent any extrusion of graphite while compressing the graphite seal to activate. The half sleeves and the end-flange bodies are secured togeflier by nut and bolt means
It will be appreciated that the provision of a semi-circular recess and a matingly
engageable semi circular lip can be present in the flange body and in temiinator body
respectively instead as described above.
This invention is developed to solve problems presorted by large, high temperature risers/pipes operating up to 100°C or higher, causing thermal shock at the splash zone, failure of the protective coating; and the resulting accelerated corrosion.
The purpose of the invention is to provide a cost effective technology to repair and/or rehabilitate these pipehnes/risa"s operating at high pressures without suspending production, and to sGlve the problems caused by the accelerated rates of corrosion.
The advantages of this invention are it does not require de-rating of pipeline or suspending production; it does not require expensive heavy duty cormectors to take the
avjal loads or to contain leaks via seals normally incorporated witiiin the connectors: does not require welding on the pipe to be repaired; and it overcomes the limitations of epgxy sleeves and fibre reinforced wraps used independently.
The above invention is used for pipelines submerged in water or sea. Alternatively the same method can be done for pipelines on land except the procedures are modified whereby the two half oversized steel sleeves can be welded together and the flushing with fresh water will no longer be required. The unwanted matter can be flushed out using compressed air or inert gas.
2) A means to seal the terminal end of two half oversized sleeves as claimed in claim 14 wherein each of the two oversized sleeves includes on each side a flange (24) with serrated strip (26).
3) A means to seal the terminai ends of two half oversized sleeves as claimed in claim 14 wherein terminator bodies include a semi-circular lip instead of a semi-circular recess, and the flange bodies include a semi-circular recess instead of a semi-circular lip.
4) A means to seal the terminal ends of two half oversized sleeves as claimed in claim 14 wherein a graphite strip (56) is introduceable within the semi-circular recess (54).
5)A means to seal the terminal ends of two half oversized sleeves as claimed in claim 14 wherein at least one circular metallic clip is positionatble in cont^rct with the two
semi-circular graphite bodies to prevent leakage of graphite outside the teKtninator bodies when subjected to compression pressure.
6) A means to sed the terminal ead of two lialf-oversized sleeves as claimed in claim 15 wherein a strip of teflon (PTFE) is placed betwaen the serrated strips (26) before fee flanges are secured by nuts and bolts.
7) A means to seal the terminal end of two half oversized sleeves as claimed substantially described herein with forgoing description and drawings.
Dated *his IS"" Day of ^ril 2005.
|Indian Patent Application Number||500/MUM/2005|
|PG Journal Number||12/2008|
|Date of Filing||25-Apr-2005|
|Name of Patentee||ORINIPPON TRADING SDN. BHD.|
|Applicant Address||LOT.NO.:9, JALAN P/15 KAWASAN PERINDUSTRAIN MIEL FASA 4, SEKSYEN 10,43680 BANDAR BARU BANGI, SELANGOR DARUL EHSAN|
|PCT International Classification Number||F16L55/168 F16J15/06|
|PCT International Application Number||N/A|
|PCT International Filing date|