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Custom Flow Loops and Standards

Custom Flow Loop Testing

In addition to C-FER’s existing flow loops, C-FER has the capability to provide custom testing solutions. C-FER has extensive experience in the design, construction and operation of experimental flow loops tailored to meet specific testing needs. A few examples include:

  • Valve testing and qualification of flow coefficient (Cv) and dynamic behavior
  • Multiphase performance testing of artificial lift at high temperatures
  • Testing of novel downhole tools and instrumentation
  • Electric Submersible Pump (ESP) seal testing
  • Subsea valve hyperbaric testing
  • Erosion testing of downhole completion equipment

All flow loops incorporate C-FER’s custom data acquisition and control systems.

Other unique facilities that C-FER’s custom flow loops can utilize include C-FER’s Deep Well Simulator (a 46 m deep well located directly within C-FER’s lab) and C-FER’s Special Environments Laboratory (for tests that simulate corrosive, toxic or explosive environments).

Testing To Standards

Flow testing to existing standards and recommended practices can also be performed at C-FER’s facilities for purposes such as factory acceptance tests (FAT) or third party qualification. The following is a non-exhaustive list of some of the standards to which tests may be based on:

  • API 6A – Specification for Wellhead and Christmas Tree Equipment
  • API 6AV1 – Specification for Validation of Wellhead Surface Safety Valves and Underwater Safety Valves for Offshore Service
  • API 14A – Subsurface Safety Valve Equipment
  • API 17D – Design and Operation of Subsea Production Systems: Subsea Wellhead and Tree Equipment
  • ANSI/ISA-75.02.01 – Control Valve Capacity Test Procedures
  • API MPMS Ch. 20.3 – Measurement of Multiphase Flow
  • API RP 17S – Recommended Practice for the Design, Testing, and Operation of Subsea Multiphase Flow Meters

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