Trelleborg has launched Flexspacer, at ONS 2012. This unique product has been specifically developed to effectively create an air gap between topside pipelines and thermal insulation, thereby avoiding the corrosion that can occur when using traditional insulation systems such as mineral wool. By stopping direct contact between the insulation material and the pipe, Flexspacer prevents any damage to the corrosion protection on the pipe, helping to guarantee thermal performance.
Flexspacer provides quick and easy installation, without the need for hot work or special tools, in turn reducing downtime and improving safety. Flexspacer is a rubber-based solution which provides a one to two centimeter air gap between the pipe and insulation, ensuring that no corrosion occurs. It can be connected and split to the desired length using just a pair of scissors, making the installation quick and easy and without any additional safety actions.
Trelleborg has undertaken extensive testing on Flexspacer to ensure that the product is qualified for lifetime performance; it has been qualified for use up to +302 °F / +150°C continuous service temperature, for more than 30 years. Leading oil and gas production company, Statoil, has already made Flexspacer a preferred product in their future specifications.
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