R&D funding for polymer researchIn competition with 56 other companies, Typhonix is one of 11, which in January received funding from the Research council of Norway through the PETROMAKS 2 program. The funding is dedicated to the next phase of development of Low Shear Polymer Flow Control equipment.
Typhonix has, together with TOTAL, developed a new Valve for polymer injection applications. This new valve design reduces mechanical shear and thereby degradation of the polymer solution. Polyacrylamide molecules are very long flexible chain molecules that are broken when submitted to high shear rates. This causes an irreversible loss of viscosity of the solution, which has to be compensated by increasing the amount of polymers used. Mechanical degradation of polymers is a well known technical challenge in the petroleum industry. With the development of a low shear alternatives to conventional the goal is to significantly reduce degradation of polymers. Typhonix and TOTAL have worked on solutions for this purpose since 2013 and the next phase of the development will be design and testing of a prototype valve by the end of 2017.