Oil and gas industry test cell goes mobile
Boldman has developed and manufactured a mobile ballistic test cell which will help to increase efficiency and reduce costs in oil and gas industry testing. The mobile test cell uses many of the innovations used in Boldman’s successful large fixed cells but has the advantage of being movable. The new design means that the test cell can be moved by castors attached to the individual panels or transported via crane across the workshops.
The maximum size of the high pressure test cell is 6x6x4m and it will be used to test small assemblies up to 30,000psi. The ballistic glass test cells are manufactured from Boldman’s aluminum profile system and safety glass, giving 360° visibility when testing oil and gas equipment. This visibility means companies testing their equipment can invite their customers to view their equipment live whilst it is under test.
The test cells are used by some of the largest oil and gas developers in offshore engineering, and high-pressure test cells are used around the world for testing offshore components under simulated extreme conditions. The new cell technology is seen as a replacement for its heavy steel predecessor because of its modularity and improved visibility.
The structure of the cell is designed to withstand a strike from a 0.75in two-part BuTech MP fitting under test up to 30,000psi. In-house testing has seen the cell withstand a 6oz Butec fitting travelling at speeds of up to 180m/s (400mph).
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