Deep Ocean Pressure Simulation Testing


Contact Information

Joe Crouch
Manager
Ocean Simulation Lab
(210) 522-4295
jcrouch@swri.org

Lee E. Ries
Principal Engineering Technologist
Ocean Simulation Lab
(210) 522-3061
lries@swri.org

 

To schedule testing

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

image: Subsea valve being placed in test chamber

Subsea valve being placed in test chamber


image: Test chamber 20 feet deep with a 90-inch inside diameter

Test chamber 20 feet deep with a 90-inch inside diameter


image: Image showing a large-diameter pipe casing following a collapse test

Large-diameter pipe casing following a collapse  test

With more than 50 years of experience in offshore and marine technologies, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) offers a wide variety of services to meet the need for deep ocean pressure simulation testing.

Pressure Simulation Clients

These pressure simulation services provide a final check of quality and operational integrity for clients including:

  • Oil producers
  • Manufacturers of subsea components
  • Pipeline manufacturers
  • U.S. Navy

Pressure Simulation Facilities

Our Ocean Engineering and Structural Testing Laboratory has more than 10,500 square feet of climate-controlled laboratory space with additional outdoor test facilities. Deep ocean pressure simulation test chambers range from 90 inches inside diameter and 20 feet deep, to 16 inches inside diameter and 30,000 psig, and are used for:

  • Static testing
  • Cycle testing
  • Destruction testing

Deep Ocean Pressure Simulation Testing Services

  • Engineering design verification
  • Product evaluation
  • Prototype construction
  • Design and fabrication of special test fixtures for client-specified requirements
  • High-speed and still underwater photography

Deep Ocean Pressure Simulation Testing

  • Internal and external hydrostatic pressure tests
  • Stress analysis and acceptance tests
  • Operational tests requiring electrical and hydraulic penetrations
  • Collapse and burst tests on:
    • API steel pipe casing
    • Fiberglass pipe
    • Titanium
    • Stainless steel pipe
  • Verification and testing of:
    • Prototype equipment
    • Pressure housings
    • Subsea instrumentation
    • Cables
    • Connectors
    • Oilfield production equipment
    • Safety equipment
image: Diving suit subjected to hydrostatic pressure test

Diving suit subjected to hydrostatic pressure test

image: Mini-submarine being tested for ABS re-certification

Mini-submarine being tested for ABS re-certification

image: SwRI pressure laboratory deep  ocean simulation chambers

SwRI pressure laboratory deep  ocean simulation chambers

 

Deep Ocean Pressure Simulation Test Chambers

 

Maximum Pressure (psi)

Simulated Ocean Depth (feet)

Maximum I.D. (inches)

Inside Length (inches)

Minimum Temp (°F)

Maximum Temp (°F)

No. of Penetrations

  3,300

  7,415

48

178

32

200

12

  4,000

  8,988

90

230

32

100

30

  6,000

13,483

50

288

32

100

  8

10,000

22,471

  6

  41

32

500

  2

10,000

22,471

30

114

32

200

10

10,000

22,471

  9

  46

32

600

  4

11,000

24,719

  8

  90

32

600

  2

20,000

44,943

10

  34

32

600

  6

20,000

44,943

12

120

32

400

  2

20,000

44,943

15

120

32

100

  4

30,000

67,000

16

120

32

500

  4

Related Terminology

offshore technologies  •  marine technologies  •  deep ocean pressure simulation testing  •  pressure simulation services  •  static testing  •  cycle testing  •  destruct testing  •  underwater cameras  •  simulation test chambers  •  engineering design verification  •  product evaluation  •  prototype construction  •  high-speed underwater photography

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04/15/14