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Fluid Systems Engineering

Overview

 
 
 

The Fluid Systems Engineering team improves the reliability of fluid transportation systems through the evaluation of wear and process mechanisms, assessment of novel materials, and development of appropriate qualification testing methods. 

The Fluid Systems Engineering team operates under the Oil and Gas sector. 

Located in Devon, Alberta, the Pilot-Scale Slurry Flow Loop Facility allows the oil sands, heavy oil, and mining industries to understand and characterize the dynamics of slurry fluids, and their effects on the wear behaviour of piping and pump components. This specialized, worldclass facility allows for the assessment of various materials in slurry transport applications through the controlled simulation of flow conditions observed in field-scale slurry pipeline systems.

Flow Loop Services & Capabilities

  • Measurement of wall loss and wear profiles in slurry transport equipment
    • Piping Spools, Liners, Elbows, Valves, Fittings, and other components
    • Periodic and continuous measurement methods
  • Study of the effect of fluid corrosivity and dissolved oxygen concentrations on erosion-corrosion behaviour
  • Evaluation of instrumentation and NDT methods for monitoring slurry systems
  • Qualification of hydrodynamic properties for slurry flow
    • Pressure drops, friction factors, flow regimes, deposition velocities, concentration profiles
  • Characterization and monitoring of solid particle degradation (PSD, CAMSIZER shape analysis)
  • Slurry flow visualization
  • Characterization of water absorption properties for polymer-lined spools

Flow Loop Specifications

  • Piping Diameter: up to 8-inch NPS
  • Flow Velocities: up to 7 m/s
  • Solids Concentration: up to 30% by volume
  • Particle Sizes: up to 1/8 inch
  • Flow Regimes: rolling bed to fully suspended flow
  • Dissolved Oxygen Concentration: up to saturation
  • Temperature: up to 80ºC
  • Carrier Fluid Chemistry: trial specific
  • Test Configurations: horizontal, inclined, and/or vertical

Full-Scale Field Testing

Technology Futures has experience managing the design, procurement, and execution of field-scale trials to evaluate the wear resistance of piping spools installed in actual slurry transport pipelines. Field testing capabilities include:

  • Measurement of wall loss and wear profiles in field-scale piping spools
  • Personnel trained and qualified to perform NDT field inspections
  • Ability to remotely monitor piping wall thickness using field instrumentation
  • Analysis of hosting field site process conditions for correlation with measured piping wear losses
  • Project management including test spool design & fabrication and installation logistics

Other technical services available

  • Lab-scale wear testing (ASTM G65 dry abrasion, ASTM B611 wet abrasion, slurry jet
  • Mechanical testing (tensile, flexural, Charpy impact, hardness), dry erosion and Taber abrasion)
  • Metallography and fractography
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • X-ray Diffraction (XRD)
  • Materials selection and failure analysis
  • CGSB certified polymer and chemistry labs
  • Modeling capabilities (finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics)


For more information, contact:

Aaron Fuhr, PEng
Manager
Fluid Systems Engineering

780.987.8725

aaron.fuhr@albertainnovates.ca