Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Potential Method of Sealing the Deepwater Horizon Leak?

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Here's a suggestion to consider for stopping the Deepwater Horizon leak.  If necessary, use a linear shaped charge to cut the leaking pipe more uniformly.  Then, use a high pressure pipe stopper such as a hydrostatic test isolation plug, for example, the Curtis Wright Flow Control Company’s GRIPTIGHT TEST PLUG GT-24P120, to seal the pipe temporarily.  To permanently seal the pipe, explosive coating can be applied to the pipe surface that covers the isolation plug, and explosive welding can fuse the pipe to the plug  ( See or ).

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1 comment:

Carl Southwell said...

This was the response I received on June 13 after I submitted this idea:

Dear ,
Thank you so much for taking the time to think about and submit your proposed solution regarding the Horizon incident. Your submission has been reviewed for its technical merits. A similar approach has already been considered or planned for possible implementation. All of us on the Horizon Support Team appreciate your thoughts and efforts.

Sincerely yours,
Horizon Support Team