Advanced Multiphase Test Facility Offers Unique Testing Capability to the Valve Industry

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12 August 2022

AdvanceD Multiphase Test Facility Offers Unique Testing Capability to the Valve Industry

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory is pleased to be able to offer the valve industry access to full-scale testing at our unique Advanced Multiphase TestAMF Separator Facility (AMF). In addition to being a world-leading authority on flow measurement and the UK’s Designated Institute for Flow and Density Measurement, we have unparalleled experience of valve testing. Our long history of supplying manufacturers and valve end-users with independent and accurate test data means we’re well placed to support valve companies wanting to use our revolutionary AMF.

At our base in East Kilbride, Glasgow, we have created a high-pressure, high-flow rate multiphase facility with a test range beyond anything currently available anywhere in the world. The facility offers testing up to 140 bar with flows of oil and water up to 83,000 bpd with gas flows up to 3000 Am. It can operate from 0 to 100 % Gas Volume Fraction and from 0 to 100 % Water in Liquid Ratio. State-of-the-art instruments and cutting-edge X-ray tomography technology enable identification of the flow regime within the pipeline at operating pressure. The use of stabilised fluids, which closely replicate production fluids, allows stability and reproducibility during testing.

The facility is built around a high-pressure three-phase separator designed for high separation efficiency. After separation, each of the three phases is circulated and metered separately before mixing and introduction into the test section. Two test lines are available (10” and 6”) with a horizontal and vertical section to suit the equipment under test. Larger sizes up to 16” are available on request.

In addition to physical flow testing of valves, TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory also has an in-house Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) team. Our CFD experts use physical test data to provide a baseline to validate CFD modelling, which can be utilised as a powerful design optimisation tool for valves and other components.

For more information on how TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory can help with your valve flow testing needs, please contact us and see Advanced Multiphase Facility.  

 

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