Total Systems Engineering for Offshore and Marine Operations
With more than 40 years of experience in offshore and marine technologies, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) offers research, design, development, prototype construction, testing, and field services. Expertise includes the design and analysis of offshore equipment, construction of prototype systems including manned and unmanned vehicles, and development and testing of offshore equipment to client requirements or international codes. The Institutes international clientele includes the offshore oil and gas industries, the U.S. Navy, and national and international organizations.
SwRI engineers, scientists, and skilled technical staff are problem solvers. Many are internationally recognized experts in their fields and share their expertise through technical publications, training courses, and participation in standards development organizations such as ASME and API.
The Institutes more than 1.5 million square feet of combined laboratory and office facilities, augmented by outdoor test areas, are served by a network of computerized data acquisition and analysis equipment. Programs often involve design, analysis, and experimental or numerical modeling to achieve optimum results.
The Institutes facilities and staff are available to solve complex and challenging problems in offshore or marine structures, components, or equipment.
Systems Design and Engineering
Institute engineers conduct conceptual studies, perform detailed hardware design, and execute complex, multidisciplinary systems engineering programs.
Codes utilized in design include:
While solving a diversity of offshore engineering problems, SwRI has added to its expertise in a variety of analytical techniques and numerical procedures.
A full range of applied mechanical services are offered, assuring that the most effective analysis methods are applied to specific problems. Static analysis applications include:
Fatigue and fracture analysis methods include:
The Institute is expert in fabricating high-quality structural components of moderate to large sizes. The fabrication of large, precision components allows us to provide turnkey system development services on high-technology hardware.
As a result of the many and varied fabrication programs conducted at SwRI, staff members have more experience in welding and joining high strength-low alloy (HSLA) steels than any company other than the major ship-builders. Welding capabilities cover the range of high-strength ferrous and nonferrous alloys (including titanium), weld procedure development, and welded structure failure analysis.
Institute quality control systems comply with the rules and regulations of:
Deep Ocean Simulation
A variety of deep ocean simulators, including internal pressure vessels up to 90 inches in diameter, are located in SwRI laboratories. These vessels operate at horizontal, vertical, or intermediate angles. All chambers are equipped with instrumentation and power penetrators, and high-speed or still photography is available in many of them.
Structural Test and Evaluation
Since 1958, the Institute has used special instrumentation to test offshore structures. Large-scale, full-scale, and in situ testing capabilities include high-load, high-elongation, static, and dynamic tests, using a variety of instrumentation. Facilities include both open and closed loop load and displacement control systems. SwRI testing capabilities include:
This brochure was published in December 1995. For more information about systems engineering for offshore and marine operations, contact Joe Crouch, Program Manager, Marine Technology Department, Mechanical Engineering Division, Southwest Research Institute, P.O. Drawer 28510, San Antonio, Texas 78228-0510, Phone (210) 522-4295.