The development of the new Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF) has reached another landmark, with the recent purchase of a key piece of equipment. The REX-CELL 2X(CT) system is a highly integrated and non-intrusive system that uses X-ray sources to visualize and analyse multiphase fluids flows. This is a key piece of technology that will help drive forward scientific research and the development and testing of cutting edge instrumentation.
“In our current multiphase facility, the pressure is low enough to allow us to use a perspex viewing window to visualise the flow,” says CFD Team Manager, Marc Laing. “In the new AMF, the pressures are too high to allow this approach. This is where the REX-CELL system comes in.”
"The system samples data at such a high rate, it allows the full visualisation of high-pressure flows,” says Marc. “A key benefit of the system is that it works in real-time and provides significant amounts of experimental information in a digital form, which can be recorded, played back and analysed. This provides an incredibly powerful resource for testing and research, and will give our clients fast access to the information they need in a form that can interrogated easily. As oil fields are going digital this is a vital feature.”
The system utilises non-isotopic based X-ray sources for the real-time visualisation, analysis and characterization of multi-phase fluids transport. It comprises two pairs of sources and detectors which are positioned perpendicular to each other, i.e. viewing the flows from top and side.
“It is non-intrusive and doesn’t alter the flow in any way,” he says. “Another benefit of the system is that it provides significant amounts of experimental information in a digital form, which can be recorded, played back and analysed.”
The new equipment arrived in June. Marc and his team are currently quantifying the accuracy of the new device and undertaking commissioning work in the current multiphase flow measurement facility, prior to the installation of the device in the new Advanced Multiphase Facility.
TÜV SÜD AG is investing £11.1 million in the Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF) project, which is the largest capital investment to date in the company’s UK business. This money is being provided alongside £4.9 million of development funding from Scottish Enterprise.
Designed to provide a best-in-class, high-pressure multiphase flow test facility, with a test range beyond anything currently available anywhere else in the world, the AMF will focus predominantly on the £50-billion-per-annum global subsea sector. It will facilitate company-led industrial projects and product development, hands-on industry training and academic research. Creating at least 17 new jobs, the centre will futureproof the delivery of innovative technical services to the oil and gas production market for the next 25 years.
For more details on the X-ray system, contact Marc Laing