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FMC Technologies develops shape memory alloy solution for subsea industry

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FMC Technologies has developed and patented a technology to replace the orbital welding process used to connect small bore hydraulic tubing used in subsea equipment — the Shape Memory Alloy Subsea Fitting. The technology is based on shape memory alloys — a nickel-titanium material that returns to its original shape after subjected to environmental changes such as temperature or pressure.

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Raising the sand bar

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In virtually every well worldwide, operators have to contend with some degree of sand production, a phenomenon that more often than not leads to erosion, sand accumulation, plugging, formation collapse and contamination. These issues have serious financial, safety and environmental implications for operators, often resulting in clean-outs, reduced flow rates and production, and unplanned shutdowns.

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HSE&T Corner: Learning from the fast lane: Formula One improves safety by putting it second to none

Fatalities over two consecutive days in 1994 changed Formula One forever. The fatalities – including the death of famed Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna – became a moment of clarity for F1. Immediately following those incidents, F1 and its regulator established the Safety Working Group, and it was decided to innovate F1 to zero fatalities, Mark Gallagher said at the 2015 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 24 September. Mr Gallagher is the author of “The Business of Winning: Strategic Success from the Formula One Track to the Boardroom.”

Auto racing is an inherently risky activity, and for the first 45 years of Formula One (F1), that risk was reflected strongly and plainly in the number of fatalities that occurred: 43 driver deaths from 1950 to 1994. Then, on 1 May 1994, everything changed, said Mark Gallagher, author of “The Business of Winning: Strategic Success from the Formula One Track to the Boardroom.”

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