HP/HT simulator ready at SwRI

A new test chamber capable of 30,000 psig and 500 ºF is in operation at the Southwest Research Institute.

Offshore staff

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A new test chamber capable of 30,000 psig and 500 ºF (260 ºC) is in operation at the Southwest Research Institute.

SwRI says the new chamber can perform high collapse tests on oil country tubular goods (OCTG) casing and to perform testing for subsea technologies requiring proof test pressures beyond the ocean depths.

“This new simulator allows us to offer our clients the ability to test pipe materials, hose assemblies and other items at extreme well depths and water depths,” said Jesse Ramon, manager of Test and Evaluation in SwRI’s Mechanical Engineering Division. “We can now test all grades of API pipe with diameters up to 14 inches outside diameter and test lengths of 112 inches to pressures up to 30,000 psig or collapse, whichever occurs first,”

03/19/2010

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