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Testing & Analysis

The aim of qualification is to assess the quality, reliability and durability of our products and to ascertain whether they will withstand the harsh and challenging conditions to which they will be subjected when deployed offshore.

Product testing and qualification plays a vital role in this industry, and is implemented to demonstrate product capability, reliability and consistency of supply. Fibron has a wide range of in-house test equipment to support this need.

The ISO-13628-5 /API 17E standard identifies a number of qualification tests. We can supply product that is qualified to this standard if specified and can work with our customers to comply with other test regimes as required.


Typical tests include:

  • Reeling/Unreeling test – to assess the fatigue resistance of the umbilical to the reverse bending experienced during umbilical deployment and retrieval.
  • Fatigue test – to assess the fatigue resistance of the umbilical to repeated cycling of relatively small amplitude. Such a scenario can occur when an umbilical is deployed over a sheave with the winch in heave compensation mode or when the umbilical is deployed with a deck storm loop.
  • Tensile test – to certify the ultimate breaking load of the cable or umbilical to prove the mechanical termination design.
  • Crush/Clamp test – to determine the correct clamping force or the allowable crush load for over boarding operations.
  • Bend stiffness test – used as an input for product dynamic analysis or clashing analysis.

In addition to standard factory acceptance testing, Fibron can offer additional verification and test services using our in-house test facilities.

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If you need an umbilical or cable and can’t immediately see what you’re looking for, please do get in touch. Most of our work is bespoke to the needs of a particular project, so we can’t show all of our capabilities on our website. As experts in our field, if you need a cable or umbilical, particularly for use in a challenging environment like offshore, there’s a good chance that we’ll be able to help.