SPLASHTRON Field Tests
|SPLASHTRON Field Tests
How Well does SplashTron work?
A 24″ OD conductor was coated with SplashTron and copper-nickel, and installed offshore. No special handling was necessary.
The pipe was driven with a D-36 hammer capable of exerting 83,000 ft/lbs of force. The test pipe was subjected to 240 blows per foot at final depth.
There was no slippage of the alloy/rubber sheath, and no sign of movement or bond tearing.
A test piece of 6 5/8″ OD pipe was installed on a platform off California in early 1978, just below the waterline where marine growth is heaviest. On the test piece, a band of copper-nickel was centered on a layer of SplashTron. The test piece was inspected by divers after 237 days and no marine growth was found on the copper-nickel, while 3-4″ built up on adjacent surfaces.
The test pipe has been inspected several times in the years since and there is still no buildup on the copper-nickel.
While barnacles and other marine growth will build up on SplahTron, it will not adversely affect it because there is nothing in SplahTron that sea life can feed on. Where marine growth is a problem, such as off the California coast, BIO-SHIELD, a patented product which is composed of a layer of SplashTron with a cladding of 90-10 copper-nickel bonded permanently to the outside, just might be the answer!