Southwest Research Institute provides a range of testing services for heat exchanger (HX) performance validation and design improvement and optimization. The heat exchanger performance testing services include thermal performance measurement, structural integrity tests, long duration tests and testing at high pressure and temperature. In addition to conventional fluids used in heat exchangers, our facilities are capable of simulating flows of complex fluids such as gas-liquid foams, slurries, and supercritical fluids. As part of the testing process SwRI allows client to witness the testing and provides a test report with key findings, sensor calibration certificates, detailed uncertainty, and energy balance analysis.
SwRI provides both customized and standardized testing to cater to the specific needs of its clients. Our years of experience and expertise in flow loop design come in handy for expedited, modular, and cost effective construction of customized flow loops. SwRI also provides on-site test rig commissioning and testing services to the clients who wish to validate equipment performance under real operational scenarios.
Heat Exchanger Testing, Analysis & Consulting
SwRI frequently collaborates with academia and industry and act as a subcontractor or independent third-party evaluator on government projects related to the development and testing of novel heat exchangers. Specifically, our team provides services related to design review, lab-scale prototyping, scale-up analysis, and proof-of-concept demonstration.
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Single-phase liquid (water, oil, brine, EG+water, petrochemicals)
Single-phase gas (air, nitrogen, hydrogen)
Multi-phase (foams, oil and gas, sand slurries, PCM slurries)
Pressure: Atm up to 3000 psig
Temperature: Ambient to up to 500℉ (liquid) and >1000℉ (gas)
Viscosity: Up to 5000 cp
Liquid: 5 ton to 200 ton air-cooled chiller
10 kW to 350 kW flow-through and immersion heaters
Air: 15 kW air temperature conditioner with air flow rate up to 900 cfm, temperature from -90℉ to 350℉
MW scale flow through heater with air flow rate up to 3,500 cfm, temperature from ambient to > 1000℉
Controlled environment chambers: 2x walk in chambers (size: 9’× 12’× 9’)
- Oil and gas
- Energy/Renewable Energy
- Water Treatment