Pipe Dope / Forumlok
Extending the life of your drill pipe and other hard-working equipment leads to better uptime and safer operations. Forum’s extensive line of premium lubricants and thread compounds has made us a recognized leader for drilling and production applications. You can depend on our expertise and commitment to continuing research for products that stand up to the harshest drilling environments. All products are manufactured to meet or exceed the highest industry standards.
- Forumlok – thread-locking compound
- ForumSeal – metal-free compound for casing/tubing threads
- Forum Modified – high-temperature compound for casing/tubing/line pipe threads
- Forum Modified Metal-Free – metal free compound for casing/tubing/line pipe
- Forum Irish Copper – premium copper-based compound for rotary-shouldered connections
- Forum Zinc Base – zinc-based compound for rotary-shouldered connections
Fast Cure Forumlok Thread-Locking Compound replaces welding for casing joints on the bottom lengths to prevent unscrewing while drilling out cement. Welding of shoes, couplings, and collars to casing often weakens the casing and should be avoided wherever possible.
Withstanding High Breakout Torque
Tests under bottom hole temperatures ranging from 50° through 400° F showed Forumlok withstood greater torque than a standard joint welded in three places with 2 inch beads.
Unaffected by Vibration
At 400° F Forumlok was subjected to a steady breakout torque for 8 hours while under continuous vibration from a 6 pound air hammer. Breakout torque was increased until six times the 3,300 ft-lb makeup torque finally broke the joint.
Tests were made using Forumlok on one side of a standard coupling and API Modified Thread Dope on the other. Identical pin threads were made up into the coupling. For the same amount of torque, the joint with Forumlok made up further and was cooler than the joint lubricated with standard thread dope. Forumlok has a 1.18 Friction Factor/Torque Factor.
Leak proof Seal
Joints made up with Forumlok using standard torque were tested with water pressures in excess of the listed burst pressure of the casing. The joint showed no leakage.
Five different samples of Forumlok covered steel and underwent a 96 hour ASTM and salt spray test. The result: no visible change in Forumlok; no acceleration of the normal corrosion rate on the five samples of steel.
Unaffected by Low Temperature Storage
Forumlok was stored at -50° F and then thawed, mixed, applied, cured and tested for breakout torque. No detrimental effects due to freezing were detected.
ForumSeal No-Lead/No-Zinc was developed as a special duty Teflon lubrication compound for casing threads. Lead and zinc were removed in order to provide a “Metal Free”thread compound mandated by current industrial environmental safety standards. ForumSeal No-Zinc meets or exceeds the performance requirements of API 5A4.
Copper Guard 4
Forum Copper Guard 4 no-lead tool joint compound is a copper-based, API RP 7A1 tool joint compound that employs a high-quality, low-sulphur petroleum base composition including anti-galling and anti-seizing agents. This compound is not affected by solvents, oil, mud, corrosion, and mild acids or alkalies.
This copper compound is designed for rotary shouldered connections used in shallow and medium depth wells. The compound may be used for drill collars and tool joints to promote proper makeup and stress development in the connection when the proper makeup torque is applied. The compound provides excellent anti-seize protection for all threaded fittings, bolts, or heat exchanger connections up to 500°F and inhibits excessive circumferential makeup as additional torque is applied.
Forum Irish Copper no-lead tool joint compound is a copper-based, API RP 7A1 tool joint compound that employs a high-quality, low-sulphur petroleum base composition including anti-galling and anti-seizing agents. This compound is not affected by solvents, oil, mud, corrosion and mild acids or alkalies. Lead and zinc are not utilized in response to alternative “Lead Free and Zinc Free” compounds required by current industrial environmental safety standards.
Forum API Modified thread compound conforms to the recommendations of API Bulletin 5A2 thread compounds for casing, tubing and line pipe.
Designed for high temperature (400° F) and high pressure (10,000 psi) applications, this thread compound contains component qualities to resist galling, evaporation, oxidation and water absorption.
Forum Metal Free Tool Joint Compound is a total non-metallic, API RP 7A1 tool joint compound that employs space age, inert, high-performance materials in a high quality, Lithium 12 Hydroxy-Stearate base composition. Forum Metal Free is chemically unable to generate hydrogen or other decomposition gases to adversely affect performance in service or storage in contrast to metallic compounds. This compound is not affected by solvents, oil, mud, corrosion and mild acids or alkalies.
Forum Zee-50 employs a high-quality, low-sulphur petroleum base composition including anti-galling and anti-seizing agents. In addition, these compounds are not affected by solvents, oil, mud, mild acids, or alkalies. Therefore, the connection is afforded maximum protection from rust and corrosion.
This Zinc compound is designed for all Rotary Shouldered Connections to promote proper makeup and stress development in the connection at recommended torques. Since the compound inhibits excessive circumferential makeup as additional torque is applied, it is highly recommended for deep drilling, drilling of hard formations, directional drilling, break-in of new tool joints, and associated high torque applications.