Putting equipment through it’s paces to understand true thermal hydraulic performance
We build large-scale custom flow loops to evaluate equipment performance in complex flow and heat transfer scenarios. Thermodynamic and Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modeling are used during the design stage of a testing program to ensure the test setup simulates the required scenario. We also use modeling to ensure that the system can be operated safely. Automated test monitoring and control systems, including automatic emergency shut down, are customized for each test using LabView.
Testing programs provide 3rd-party validation of equipment performance. Results are often presented as performance curves of flow rate, pressure drop, power and efficiency over a range of operating conditions. High-speed data acquisition is often used to capture dynamic flow events such as cavitation, steam flashing and slugging. Pressure and temperature instrumentation can be installed at multiple points within the equipment to gather detailed information on the flow characteristics.
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Transparent sections of the test setup are often included to visualize the flow characteristics. Advanced data analytics, including time-domain analysis, are used to dissect the data and provide insight into flow behavior.
Flow loops can be arranged horizontally or vertically inside C-FER’s facilities to provide year-round climate-controlled testing environments:
Horizontal flow loops can be constructed with straight run sections over 25 m (85 ft) long.
- Vertical flow loops up to 15m (50 ft) tall can be set up in the high-bay laboratory.
- Vertical wellbore flow loops up to 45 m (150 ft) long can be set up in the Deep Well Simulator.
- High-pressure and high temperature flow loops are installed within steel and concrete containment cells with fire suppression systems to ensure safety.
- Flow loops with flammable, explosive, corrosive and poisonous fluids are installed inside explosion proof Special Environment Chambers. Chemical scrubbing systems and incinerators are used to safely deal with noxious or explosive releases within these chambers.
We provide a range of flow testing capabilities including:
- Multi-Phase Flow
- Slurry Transport and Erosion
- Heat Recovery and Utilization
- External Leak Detection Systems