From durable auto bodies to high-tech bicycle components, the hydroforming process is well-known for breaking technological barriers on land. Now, engineers in the offshore oil and gas industry are looking to hydroforming for inspiration in improving well safety.
In the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill disaster, increased regulatory scrutiny is being turned on the offshore oil and gas industry. The integrity of wells underwater, where maintenance is difficult and pressure is immense, is of particular importance to both the environment and regulatory agencies. At the same time, increased demand means that underwater wells are becoming increasingly vital for petroleum production worldwide.
Faced with an urgent need for increased well safety, petroleum engineers have found a solution in the process of hydroforming. Taking advantage of the natural hydraulic pressure at the sites of deepwater rigs, oil and gas engineers have developed a process called Metalmorphology. Inspired by hydroforming, metalmorphology allows engineers to form metal components after the metal has already been inserted downhole. The pieces can be formed with an astounding 100% conformance rate, making it much easier to prevent the release of environmentally harmful chemicals from undersea oil and gas wells.
As hydroforming processes develop, the possibilities for their application continue to expand in exciting new directions. American Hydroformers is dedicated to using the most advanced hydroforming technology available to make the manufacturing process more efficient. Feel free to contact us and find out how our hydroforming expertise and cutting-edge methods can provide you with a structurally superior, economically-produced product.