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Arlon® 3000 XT

Some of the world's leading service providers have already put their trust in the performance of Arlon® 3000 XT. It's the only material on the market proven to be 30% stronger than any other material used in oil and gas exploration with a chemical resistance to survive in harsh environments.

View our Chemical Compatibility and Mechanical Resistance data below. Then explore more Arlon 3000 XT test data for Connector Testing, Extrusion Testing and Lower Temp Testing.

Chemical Resistance Comparable to PEEK

Arlon 3000 XT is compatible with common oilfield chemistries and has a chemical resistance that is comparable to PEEK:

Enhanced Mechanical Performance for HPHT

Because of its enhanced mechanical property retention at high temperatures, Arlon 3000 XT delivers improved performance over current PEEK- and PEKEKK-based solutions:

SUPERIOR EXTRUSION RESISTANCE IN HPHT ENVIRONMENTS

Greene, Tweed’s Arlon® 3000 XT has proven time and time again that it’s the only thermoplastic that can stand up to the extreme HPHT conditions that are becoming more typical of drilling environments. One look at our extrusion test data and you’ll be convinced. Arlon 3000 XT showed 10x greater extrusion resistance over PEEK.

BACK-UP RING EXTRUSION TEST

Back-up ring cross sections were tested for 48 hours at 450°F (232°C) and 40 ksi. Arlon 3000 XT showed superior extrusion resistance over PEEK.

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EXTRUSION VS. TIME TEST

When tested at various time durations against PEEK, PEKEEK, and 30% carbon-filled PEEK, Arlon 3000 XT showed significantly less extrusion than other materials.

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GREATER RELIABILITY FOR TODAY’S TYPICAL OILFIELD TEMPERATURES

At typical oilfield temps, Greene, Tweed’s Arlon® 3000 XT delivers a much higher degree of reliability for your sealing systems. We’ve put it to the test and the data speaks for itself. In the test below, Arlon 3000 XT showed superior extrusion resistance when compared to 30% Glass-filled PEEK and virgin PEEK materials.

COIN EXTRUSION TEST

Our coin extrusion test compressed a test sample while measuring the extrusion height through the extrusion gap. The extrusion gap was set at 0.020” and testing was conducted for one hour at 350°F (177°C) at a pressure of 35 ksi.

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BACK-UP RING EXTRUSION LONG TERM TEST

For this test, concave back-up rings (BURs) for -214 o-rings were used and tested in a fixture with a 0.021” max diametrical extrusion gap. The test was performed at 350°F (177°C) and 25 ksi for 14 days.

The back-up rings were removed from the pressure vessel and extrusion measurements were taken at day 2, day 7, and day 14. At the end of 14 days, the BURs were sectioned into quarters and final measurements were made.

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ENHANCED PERFORMANCE OVER TRADITIONAL CONNECTOR MATERIALS

In our single-pin connector testing, we tested the performance of Greene, Tweed’s Arlon® 3000 XT connectors against traditional PEK connectors. Testing was conducted at various temperature and pressure cycles. The clear winner was Arlon 3000 XT – showing superior extrusion resistance over the traditional PEK material at each test cycle.

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ISO and NORSOK Certifications

ISO and NORSOK Certifications ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies. ISO 23936-1 specifically addresses the resistance of thermoplastics to the deterioration in properties that can be caused by physical or chemical contact with media related to production in the petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries.

NORSOK is an internationally recognized standard developed by the Norwegian petroleum industry. It ensures safety, added value and cost effectiveness for petroleum industry operations and developments. The NORSOK M-710, Rev.3 specification standard went into effect in 2014 and outlines the requirements for critical non-metallic sealing, seat and backup materials for use in applications such as subsea, control systems and valves. The Rev.3 standard subjects tested materials to significantly harsher conditions than the previous Rev.2 standard.

Testing Conditions Greene, Tweed enlisted the services of an independent, third-party lab to conduct the testing. Akron Rubber Development Laboratory, Inc. (ARDL), located in Akron, OH, performed all testing procedures according to the aggressive specifications of EN ISO 23936-1 and NORSOK M-710, Rev.3. Below are test conditions and results:

Test Gas Classification: Multi-Phase High Sour Gas Environment (10% H2S) Operational Service Temperature: 180°C (356°F) Test Temperatures: 195°C (383°F), 210°C (410°F), 225°C (437°F) Test Duration: Up to 42 days (1,000 hours)

Per the testing specifications, Arlon 3000XT needed to pass the following four criteria based on change in properties from pre-test to post-test. At each temperature and each duration point that was tested, Arlon 3000XT passed:

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NEW – ARLON® 3000 XT MULTI-PIN CONNECTORS

Building on the success of our < 0.5” OD all-plastic multi-pin connectors, Greene, Tweed has introduced the next tier, multi-pin (0.5” - 1.0” OD) connectors based on the pioneering thermoplastic, Arlon 3000 XT. The all thermoplastic product line is designed to perform in both high pressure high temperature (HPHT) and high pressure room temperature (HPRT) environments.

 

Superior Insulation Resistance

Unlike traditional glass-to-metal connectors which are prone to poor reliability, connectors utilizing Arlon 3000 XT engineering thermoplastic feature an all-insulating body, delivering the advantage of complete isolation of the conductor. The end result – a finished connector that’s reliable with good mechanical strength and consistent properties throughout its operating temperature range.

 

Flexibility in Pin Material

Flexibility in pin material is another distinct advantage of using Arlon 3000 XT over traditional glass-to-metal sealing options. From standard beryllium copper pins to corrosion-resistant Inconel or higher conductivity copper alloys, Arlon 3000 XT can be injection-molded around a wide range of pin materials – giving customers the highest conductivity and reliability possible.

 

Flexibility in Design

The unique characteristics of Arlon 3000 XT enable tighter pin density than traditional connector technology. This delivers flexibility of design when it comes to more complex pins and geometries. Arlon 3000 XT multi-pin connectors are available as a drop-in replacement for other OEM connectors that are underperforming. Custom designs are also available.

 

PRODUCT TESTING
-Test results at 20ksi/400°F

-Medium size multi-pin connector (0.5” < OD ≤ 1”)

-Very high HPHT performance (passed test at P/T over the target of 20 ksi/400°F)

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Arlon 3000 XT’s current HPHT operating envelope: 20ksi/400°F
Green = Pass; Yellow = Marginal Pass (discontinuity, good sealing); Red = Fail (no seal)

 

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High Temperature, High Voltage Applications

When it comes to high temperature and high voltage applications, Arlon® 3000 XT has expanded capability beyond what PEEK and PEK solutions have traditionally provided. Unlike any other thermoplastic on the market, Arlon® 3000 XT has been proven to have 100 times the electrical resistivity of PEEK and 30 times that of PEK at temperatures of 400˚F and above. At room temperature, Arlon® 3000 XT has extended capabilities above 20kV.

Arlon 3000 XT’s electrical resistivity properties, in addition to its reliability in high temperature and high pressure environments, make it the superior choice for safeguarding mission-critical operations in the most severe environments. Arlon® 3000 XT’s versatility and mechanical property retention are unparalleled, giving customers upmost confidence in the efficiency and reliability of their most sensitive applications.

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