Stainless Steel Braid Applications in the North Sea
Stainless steel braids have numerous applications within the North Sea oil and gas industry, especially within the splash zone where copper may corrode more rapidly. By connecting it to stainless steel components the risk of galvanic corrosion is reduced. The applications include the following:-
- Earthing systems
- Power distribution
- Lightning protection
- Cathodic protection systems
Stainless steel is more resistant to corrosion within the splash zone in marine environments, leading to shorter down-times, increased production and greater productivity.
Flexible braids are easier to install than solid metal bus bars and are more suitable for high vibration environments where solid conductors may suffer from stress fractures and metal fatigue.