API SPEC 17J Standard for Exploration & Production
1.1.1 This specification defines the technical requirements for safe, dimensionally and functionally interchangeable flexible pipes that are designed and manufactured to uniform standards and criteria.
1.2 Minimum requirements are specified for the design, material selection, manufacture, testing, marking, and packaging of flexible pipes, with reference to existing codes and standards where applicable. See API Recommended Practice 17B for guidelines on the use of flexible pipes and ancillary components.
1.2.1 This specification applies to unbonded flexible-pipe assemblies, consisting of segments of flexible-pipe body with end fittings attached to both ends. This specification does not cover flexible pipes of bonded structure.
1.2.2 This specification does not apply to flexible pipe ancillary components. Guidelines for bend stiffeners and bend restrictors are given in Appendix B and guidelines for other components are given in API Recommended Practice 17B.
1.2.3 This specification does not apply to flexible pipes which include non-metallic tensile armor wires. Pipes of such construction shall be considered as prototype products subject to qualification testing.
1.3.1 The applications addressed by this specification are sweet and sour service production, including export and injection applications. Production products include oil, gas, water and injection chemicals. This specification applies to both static and dynamic flexible pipes used as flowlines, risers and jumpers.
1.3.2 This specification does not apply to flexible pipes for use in choke and kill line applications. See API Specification 16C for choke and kill line applications.
1.4 Specification Requirement
Within this specification the following definitions apply:
a. Shall is used to state that a provision is mandatory.
b. Should is used to state that a provision is not mandatory, but is recommended as good practice.
c. May is used to state that a provision is optional.
System International (SI) units are used in this specification. Imperial units may be given in brackets after the SI units.
Appendixes to this specification are not to be considered as requirements. They are intended only as guidelines or for information.
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