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Offshore Technology Conference

Aug 16, 2021 to Aug 19, 2021
Houston, TX, United States
Offshore Technology Conference

Southwest Research Institute will be exhibiting at the Offshore Technology Conference, Booth No. 3014. SwRI provides a multidisciplinary approach to solve difficult technical challenges for the offshore industry and offers a range of R&D, design, and testing services. Specialties include:

  • Ocean Engineering & Simulation
  • OCTG (Oil Country Tubular Goods) Testing
  • Pressure Vessel Design & Fabrication
  • Submersible Systems
  • Multiphase Flow Testing
  • Flow Assurance
  • Corrosion Testing
  • Fracture Mechanics

SwRI offers independent, premier services to government and industry clients worldwide. Operating as a nonprofit since 1947, we work in the public's best interest and toward the betterment of humanity.

In the booth, we will host four demonstrations. Stop by to learn more about our:

  • Strain Gauge – Attendees can interact with a live demonstration for strain-based measurement and real-time data display. SwRI applies typical strain measuring devices in atypical situations; vacuum to high pressures, low to extreme elevated temperatures, tight spaces to large structures, non-metallic to composites to various metals, short and long term installations, and custom load cells for high accuracy.
  • Guided Wave Simulation – Visitors can experience the process and learn the capabilities of a SwRI-developed guided wave inspection system for pipeline structures.  Our latest magnetostrictive-based, guided wave inspection system will be available at OTC for use on a pipeline mockup with anomalies representing notches, wall thinning, and pinhole flaws.  Users can learn about this MsS v5 inspection systems as well as the compatible guided wave sensors.
  • Gas Lift Test Fixture – Visitors can learn about SwRI’s Gas Lift Test Facility, built to validate artificial lift technologies for offshore use. Users can pick up and assemble a scaled prototype of SwRI’s universal gas lift test fixture and experience a virtual tour of the Gas Lift Test Facility.
  • Corrosion – This demo will feature a series of stress corrosion cracking and hydrogen embrittlement evaluations as well as a constant load test cell. Visitors can handle the test samples to see what sizes of corrosion test samples we deal with.

OTC Contacts & Resources

Visit our OTC Contacts & Resources page to download fliers or find a subject matter expert in a variety of technical areas affecting offshore technology.


Wednesday, August 18
2:44 p.m. - 3:06 p.m., Room 602

Technical Session: Advances in Production Chemistry for Sustainable Operations

"Density Measurement of Three-phase Flows Inside of Vertical Piping Using Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence (PLIF),” Amy McCleney, Ph.D.

This session will provide an overview of the results of SwRI’s testing program for further developing the PLIF laboratory measurement technique to obtain the mixture density of three-phase flows within confined vertical piping. It will include background on the customized test facility and PLIF approach, as well as a comparison between this new measurement technique and the commercial equipment currently available for oil and gas field applications.

McCleney will be a recipient of the OTC Emerging Leaders award.

Learn More About How We Can Help

Oil & Gas Technology
We offer over six decades of expertise in upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas sectors. Our engineers and scientists work in multidisciplinary teams to provide the oil and gas industry with the latest geological data, mechanical and structural engineering, and software that enables production and delivery of oil and gas in the harshest environments. Further downstream, we test and evaluate refined fuels and lubricants at our state-of-the-art facilities, ensuring your products meet the toughest industry standards and government regulations.

Subsea Engineering & Offshore Technology
SwRI provides innovative services that help manufacturers design, develop, and test high-quality offshore technology products that enable safe and reliable production of energy in the harshest environments. Our labs simulate deep ocean effects on offshore equipment such as pressure hulls and vessels. Our clients include oil producers, manufacturers of subsea components and pipelines, and the U.S. Navy. Our deep-water simulation facilities allow us to evaluate pipes, flowlines, and valves under extreme conditions such as those found in deep-offshore environments.

We use sensitive laboratory equipment and powerful microscopy to examine the properties of materials as part of our root-cause failure analysis procedures.

Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE)
We investigate and develop innovative ways to improve safety through nondestructive evaluation of materials, components and environments. To solve special problems for clients and sponsoring agencies, our engineers and scientists explore NDE methods such as ultrasonics, electromagnetics and magnetostrictive sensor-based guided waves.

Automation & Machine Learning
We develop and evaluate robotic and automation equipment, systems, and processes and help clients cut costs and improve productivity by applying advanced engineering knowledge, techniques, and principles such as Lean and Six-Sigma.

Fire Safety
As one of the world’s largest fire research organizations, we have extensive capabilities and expertise to customize fire tests for a wide range of systems and equipment. Our staff is well versed in a wide range of fire testing using methodologies and pulling from other fields of expertise to address research and client testing needs. Our testing laboratories are accredited through federal, state, international, and other various agencies. We have a multi-million dollar custom pollution abatement system that allows us to conduct tests safely while reducing emissions and hazardous waste. Since the 1950s, we have conducted fire testing and research servicing both industry and government. 

For more information, please contact Eric Thompson.