Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modelling has been used to help a leading British valve manufacturer establish the safety of proposed tests for a new piece of equipment designed for extreme offshore applications.
“The client has designed a valve they want to use for a specific purpose in a very challenging environment, one in which there is a very high pressure drop and a flow with a high level of sand contamination,” says CFD Team Manager, Marc Laing. “The client wanted to test the valve to ensure that it works to specifications, however, prior to this, for health and safety reasons, they needed to check that the valve wouldn’t be destroyed or fail catastrophically during the test itself.”
To check the feasibility of the test, Marc and his team created a 3-D model of the valve equipment and analysed its performance under the proposed assessment conditions.
“We have now provided the client with the erosion performance data that they required to help them make their test decisions,” says Marc. “They are now in the process of setting up a test protocol for the equipment. Hopefully, we have given them the confidence to proceed and the information they need to avoid potentially expensive mistakes.”
TUV SUD NEL is a leader in CFD and has the expertise to simulate complex test and performance scenarios which would otherwise be difficult or dangerous to physically test. Members of the computational fluid dynamics team use industry-leading modelling packages such as ANSYS Fluent, ANSYS Mechanical and SolidWorks. They also have access to a vast array of physical test data, collated through years’ of research and equipment testing in their flow measurement facilities.
For more details, contact Marc Laing