Pipe line and equipment erosion cost the oil and gas industry millions of pounds every year. Excessive wear results in downtime, increased maintenance and production cutbacks.
Evaluation and testing of vulnerable components in realistic and accelerated erosive conditions is a principle requirement to help understand the erosion process and mitigate serious commercial risk.
Accelerated erosion can give customers greater confidence when selecting components and predicting their performance in the field. Using these predictions, maintenance and change outs can be planned well in advance, and as a result, unforeseen shutdowns can be avoided, saving time and money.
NEL’s Erosive Flow Centre provides the Oil & Gas industry with a complete solution to sand erosion. Independent tests can be performed on a wide range of equipment and components under controlled conditions. In addition, NEL has extensive experience of using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to predict high erosion areas (hot-spots) and the rate of erosion. By modelling a range of expected field operating conditions, the wear-life of equipment or components can be assessed.
By combining erosion modelling with the Erosive Flow Centre’s test capabilities, NEL can validate erosion model results, providing the Oil & Gas industry with far greater confidence in erosion life predictions.