Custom Flow Loop
Design & Testing
Flow Component Testing Facilities

Image: A test setup can be designed with all components necessary to safely perform testing.

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A test setup can be designed with all components necessary to safely perform testing.

 
Image: Mechanical design and 3D modeling for specialty components can be performed using 
					software such as ProEngineer or Solidworks.

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Mechanical design and 3D modeling for specialty components can be performed using software such as Creo or SolidWorks.

 
Image: Custom test fixtures can be designed and fabricated to represent operational conditions.

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Custom test fixtures can be designed and fabricated to represent operational conditions.

The vast variety of testing performed at the FCTF over the past 30 years gives SwRI experience designing and building setups that are customized for a specific product or purpose. A range services can be offered to support custom testing:

  • Flow loop design (liquid or gas)
  • Equipment, piping, and instrumentation selection
  • Controls, automation, and data acquisition
  • Mechanical design and fabrication
  • Test setup construction and commissioning

Custom Flow Loop Design and Installation

To compliment our design capabilities SwRI offers a custom flow loop design and installation service. For clients looking to operate their own test facility, SwRI can design and commission a test setup intended for installation at a client facility.

Custom Flow Loop Design & Specification

A test rig can be designed to perform testing to an industry standard, or to standards that are unique to a specific company, or product. Design can include any data acquisition and controls necessary for safety, automation, etc.

Flow loop design can include (but is not limited to) considerations such as:

  • Addition or removal of heat
  • Mechanical design of test fixtures to simulate real world conditions
  • Different flow mediums (inert gases, hydrocarbon gases, oils, water, non-Newtonian fluids, etc)
  • Requirements for fluid mixing
  • Automation
  • Safety

Construction and Commissioning

SwRI has the necessary expertise to build and commission a test rig at the FCTF. Test rigs can be built in modules for ease of assembly, disassembly, and shipping. SwRI can build the test rig, commission it, and test for functionality at the FCTF. Turnover to the client can include:

  • Installation of test rig at client facility by SwRI personnel
  • Operating and procedure manuals

Related Terminology

API 14A  •  API 6AV1  •  ISO 10432  •  safety valve testing  •  flow component testing  •  BS 6364  •  fugitive emissions  •  cryogenic valve  •  valve testing  •  flow products  •  cryogenic testing  •  fugitive emissions

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 10 technical divisions.
03/05/2015