SwRI’s Extreme High-Pressure High-Temperature facility lets offshore industry put subsea equipment to the ultimate test
SAN ANTONIO — April 30, 2018 — Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) recently opened a 5,000-square-foot Extreme High-Pressure High-Temperature facility to augment its capabilities in testing and evaluating subsea equipment and systems.
The facility houses a series of 13-inch diameter pressure chambers that can accommodate up to 30,000 psig and temperatures up to 650 degrees F. The chambers can be configured for casing pipe collapse testing under API-5C3 or for exposing other equipment to extreme conditions. Configurable test pits can be isolated and/or flooded as needed for special project requirements. Other features include 15-ton and 30-ton bridge cranes, two sample preparation areas, a dedicated control and observation room, and drive-through access for ease of loading and offloading test equipment.
“This facility complements a wide variety of facilities and equipment dedicated to testing and evaluating a range of offshore and subsea components,” said Joseph Crouch, program director of Marine and Offshore Systems in SwRI’s Mechanical Engineering Division. “With the addition of this facility, we are meeting industry needs to validate oil country tubular goods and other equipment for use in high-pressure high-temperature conditions.”
SwRI has been serving the oil and gas and offshore industries for more than 50 years. For more information, visit: https://www.swri.org/ocean-simulation-lab.
SwRI is an independent, nonprofit, applied research and development organization based in San Antonio, Texas, with nearly 2,600 employees and an annual research volume of more than $528 million. Southwest Research Institute and SwRI are registered marks in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. For more information, please visit newsroom.swri.org or www.swri.org.