Mar 2017
Gas Distribution
Forged Carbon Fiber Products (FCFP) - Stage 1
Mar 2017
Aug 2020
Oliver Machan, Innovation Project Manager
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Network Innovation Allowance
GD - Mains Replacement
Gas Distribution Networks
The scope of this research and development project is to mature the FCF technology whereby SGN, the manufacturer and the technical service provider can gain confidence in the project’s success in its entirety. The project will facilitate the development of the basic products and includes additional conceptual design to refine the FCF products given the unique material properties. Further evaluation of the preliminary tools and moulds will enable final selection of products/product components. This evaluation will facilitate product design and integration in to the distribution network following successful completion of the Stage 2 field trials.

The objective of this project is to give assurance that Forged Carbon Fibre can be used to manufacture a range of complex products that are used on the gas distribution network.

To do this, the project will redesign and manufacture 5 products maximising the material properties and then test those products against the existing metal based product standards and specifications.

Assurance gained through testing will be used to support an ongoing Stage 2 which will incorporate field trials of the products.

The success criteria for the project are:

  1. Technical review of product conceptual design of the products to relevant industry standards and legislation

  2. Gap analysis and risk assessment against industry standards and specifications

  3. Review and appraisal of design, development, engineering and testing reports

  4. Laboratory testing to simulate the environment the products will be required to operate in

  5. Creation of an offsite testing report which details the performance of the products in a non-gas environment and makes an assessment on suitability for field trial

  6. Recommendation for Stage 2 field trials