Corrosion resistant alloys (CRAs) such as martensitic and duplex stainless steels (DSS) are used as a flow line material in corrosive wet gas environments (i.e., carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide environments). A new DSS which consists of 25mass%Cr - 5mass%Ni - 1mass%Mo - 2.5mass%Cu has been developed for line pipe usage in slightly sour environments.
There are several methods currently being used to install offshore oil and gas pipelines. The reel-lay process is fast and one of the most effective offshore pipeline installation methods for seamless, ERW, and UOE line pipes with outside diameters of 18 inches or less. In the case of the reel-laying method, line pipes are subjected to plastic deformation multiplication during reel-laying. Thus, it is important to understand the change of the mechanical properties of line pipes before and after reel-laying.
In this study, full-scale reeling (FSR) simulations and small-scale reeling (SSR) simulations were performed to investigate the effect of cyclic deformation on the mechanical properties of the new DSS for line pipe. Furthermore, investigation of the most susceptible temperature range to cracking and sulfide stress cracking (SSC) tests were performed in slightly sour conditions.