A flow programme research project to kick start the enhancement of the low-pressure multiphase flow facility has begun. The overall aim of the work is to meet industry demand for enhanced test capabilities and to keep NEL at the cutting edge of flow measurement and testing.
“This is part of our work to enhance our National Measurement System’s facilities,” says Mark Ruston, Head of Infrastructure, Test and Calibration, who is directing the work. “The first step is a conceptual study, which is currently being undertaken by one of my team. Among the improvements that are being assessed is a move to make the facility capable of using higher viscosity oils and a new saline solution, sodium chloride.”
The study will be completed by the end of 2018. Its findings and recommendations will then be used to inform the development phase of the project. It is hoped that the subsequent upgrades will be made by 2020.
“The new fluids will allow testing at conditions that are closer to operating conditions,” Mark explains. “They will add extra flexibility and allow us to expand the parameters of the services we offer to meet emerging industry needs.”
This low-pressure multiphase facility is already a highly-specified test rig which is currently the only facility in the world accredited to ISO17025. Traceable to national measurement standards, the facility provides equipment manufacturers and operators access to an independent laboratory for development, calibration and validation purposes.
Between it, and the addition of the new advanced multiphase facility which is coming on-line in 2019, the UK will be ready to meet current and future measurement needs of industry with a very comprehensive suite of National Measurement testing infrastructure.
For more details, contact Mark Ruston.
21 September 2018