1. All 3M Products
  • 3M™ Glass Bubbles S42XHS
  • 3M™ Glass Bubbles S42XHS

    Products
    • Fractional survival rate of 90% at 8,000 psi for improved stability in high pressure processing
    • Glass bubbles in flexible flowlines are half the weight of conventional pipe-in-pipe construction
    • Reduces overall pipe diameter requiring fewer and smaller ships for transportation
    • Decreases weight and increases buoyancy for lower density in finished parts
     More
    Net Weight (Metric)
    Net_Weight_Metric
    Products Available
     Net Weight (Metric)
    All Models
    Close
    Details

    3M™ Glass Bubbles S42XHS are hollow glass spheres with a typical density of 0.42 g/cc and an isostatic crush strength of 8,000 psi. These glass bubbles are designed for buoyancy and insulation in ultra-deep water applications in oil and gas drilling. The bubbles produce strong, stable voids and low thermal conductivity, helping coatings achieve the necessary compressive strength.

    What are 3M™ Glass Bubbles?
    3M™ Glass Bubbles are engineered hollow glass microspheres made from water-resistant and chemically-stable soda-lime borosilicate glass. Like all 3M glass bubbles, our 3M™ Glass Bubbles S42XHS are water and oil resistant, providing better utility in underwater applications. Additionally, they are non-combustible and non-porous, so they do not absorb resin; and their low alkalinity makes this product compatible with most resins while providing a stable viscosity and a long shelf-life. These low-density particles are used for many demanding applications across a wide range of industries to provide temperature and pressure resistance, reduce part weight, lower costs and enhance overall product properties. For these reasons, 3M glass bubbles are a superior alternative to many conventional fillers and additives such as silica, calcium carbonate, talc and clay.

    Strength-to-Weight Ratio
    The benefits don’t end there; although 3M glass bubbles S42XHS have thin walls, they have a good isostatic crush strength of 8,000 psi, meaning they can survive both the rigorous demands of processing and enormous water pressure at depth. In turn, their low thermal conductivity makes them ideal additives in insulation for pipelines and production risers – helping to ensure that hot oil continues to flow to the surface rather than cooling and slowing. S42XHS bubbles have a fractional survival rate of 90% at 8,000 psi for consistent performance and greater survivability.

    Subsea Flowlines
    What does this mean for the oil and gas industry? Conventional flowline construction, such as pipe-in-pipe, is proving to be impractical and too costly for use at today’s deeper depth oil and gas drilling (10,000 ft. /3,000 m. and more). Although pipe-in-pipe offers t

    • Fractional survival rate of 90% at 8,000 psi for improved stability in high pressure processing
    • Glass bubbles in flexible flowlines are half the weight of conventional pipe-in-pipe construction
    • Reduces overall pipe diameter requiring fewer and smaller ships for transportation
    • Decreases weight and increases buoyancy for lower density in finished parts
    • Provides excellent water and oil resistance for use in underwater applications
    • Decreases thermal conductivity in syntactic foam compositions
    • Good strength-to-density ratio for use in a variety of oil and gas applications
    Specifications
    Applications
    Insulation
    Brand
    3M™
    Capabilities
    Chemical Resistance, Lightweighting, Temperature Resistance
    Color (unaided eye)
    White, powdery
    Composition
    Soda-lime-borosilicate glass
    Density (g/cc)
    0.42
    Industries
    Insulation and Buoyancy, Paints and Coatings, Rubber and Plastic, Transportation
    Net Weight (Imperial)
    100 lb., 2 lb., 680 lb., 700 lb.
    Net Weight (Metric)
    0.907 kg, 308.443 kg, 317.515 kg, 45.359 kg
    Particle Size (D50 Micron)
    22
    Particle Size Range (D50 Micron)
    20 - 29, 20 - 29
    Product Color
    White
    Strength (MPa)
    55.1
    Follow Us
    The brands listed above are trademarks of 3M.
    Change Location
    India - English