Offshore Insulation & Corrosion Protection Systems Test Services


Contact Information

Joe Crouch, P.E.
Program Director
Ocean Simulation Lab
(210) 522-4295
jcrouch@swri.org

Chris Storey
Group Leader
Ocean Simulation Lab
(210) 522-3992
cstorey@swri.org

To schedule testing

Al Steiner
Senior Specialist
Ocean Simulation Lab
(210) 522-3771
asteiner@swri.org

image: Hydroclave assembly for long-term exposure testing (Inset: material test samples)

Hydroclave assembly for long-term exposure testing (Inset: material test samples)

Numerous test capabilities and facilities for the offshore industry and manufacturers of insulation and corrosion protection materials are made available by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). The Structural Engineering Department's test facilities and resources include:

  • Ocean simulation test chambers
  • Mechanical test equipment
  • Technical assistance in setting up tests and procedures
  • Experienced technical staff that includes support from corrosion engineers

Capabilities

  • Simulated service tests
  • Insulation materials testing
  • Hydrostatic water absorption
  • Thermal testing of insulation
  • Mechanical properties tests

Experience

  • Qualification of subsea wet insulation materials and application procedures to operator specifications by performance of short- or long-term tests simulating environmental and operating temperatures at rated depth
  • Simulation of deepwater subsea conditions and thermal conditions to evaluate mechanical and thermal integrity of insulation materials in real time

Testing and Evaluation

Test methods include:

  • Tensile/elongation
  • Density
  • Hardness
  • Hydrostatic crush
  • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA)

Results are evaluated to determine:

  • Effectiveness of different types and thicknesses of wet insulation and cool-down periods in subsea conditions
  • Verification of thermal, mechanical, and application characteristics of product
  • Verification of mechanical properties of materials for comparative analysis (exposed and unexposed samples)

Facilities

  • Underwater Engineering Laboratory with hydrostatic test chambers that can be used to simulate temperatures and ocean depths greater than 10,000 feet
  • Hot Oil Flow Unit to internally heat a pipe sample subjected to external pressure or ambient conditions.
image: The image shows simulated service insulation test samples being set up for pressure and temperature testing.

The image shows simulated service insulation test samples being set up for pressure and temperature testing.

image: This image shows the top of a subsea insulated pipe sample at 10,000-ft depth in 40°F salt water. The internal pipe temperature is 280°F.

This image shows the top of a subsea insulated pipe sample at 10,000-ft depth in 40°F salt water. The internal pipe temperature is 280°F.


Related Terminology

offshore insulation  •  offshore corrosion  •  corrosion protection  •  ocean simulation  •  insulation testing  •  testing in subsea conditions  •  thermal integrity  •  mechanical properties of materials

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10/20/16