Mining and Offshore#
The extraction, transport and processing of raw materials are always associated with considerable wear on tools, conveying and processing machines. Particularly in deep-sea mining or offshore oil and gas production, the machines used must have a service life of 10 to 30 years and be maintenance-free. Tungsten carbides, cermets and ceramic materials are able to minimize wear and thus significantly increase the service life of such systems – sometimes by a factor of 100 – as compared to conventional material solutions.
The mining of raw materials also has a strong impact on water systems. Membrane separation is combined with electrochemical and oxidative processes for the treatment of mining waters or process waters in oil and gas extraction. Ceramic components are the key to continuously extending the existing limits in terms of performance and operating conditions.
Quality, cost and time are also decisive competitive factors in the mining and offshore sectors. Condition monitoring methods and systems can help to optimize processes and increase the availability of machines and plants. Especially for maintenance strategies, the regular or permanent monitoring of critical components and machine conditions can provide elementary information to record and evaluate damage mechanisms.