A recent test for a leading oil and gas operator has demonstrated the technical capabilities and flexibility of the National Flow Measurement test facilities and highlighted the innovative nature of the work carried out by the research teams.
“The client came to us looking for a flow testing approach that could measure the physical properties of a viscous non-Newtonian fluid, which had been developed for use in oil recovery,” says Flow Measurement Consultant Craig Marshall. “We built a special test facility based on our erosion rig. This allowed us to test the fluid at various viscosities and across a range of flow rates.”
The test rig used by Craig and his team employed new flow measurement technology that had previously been developed at TUV SUD NEL and for which a patent is pending. This technology had previously been tested using generic viscous oils to achieve proof of concept.
“The client approached us because they were interested in the applicability of our new technology and our approach to measurement challenges which aligned with what they were facing in the field,” explains Craig.
“Because of the nature of the fluid under test, its viscosity changed significantly throughout the testing process,” Craig adds. “To compensate for this, velocities and flowrates were altered to ensure the same Reynolds numbers were covered at each velocity.”
“The client was provided with test data that was representative of conditions in the field,” says Craig. “They were extremely satisfied with the work and we hope to continue this research on their behalf in the future.”
For more details, contact Craig Marshall.