FULL-SCALE TESTING

Full-scale testing allows us to confirm the performance of advanced technologies in a real-world scenario, while at the same time providing us with a vehicle for validating and calibrating numerical models. There is no substitute for proving numerical models through full-scale testing. We live by the Ronald Reagan saying, “Trust, but verify.”

For oil and gas operators, full-scale testing allows us to better understand their systems’ capacities, including the assessment of features, defects, and anomalies. We’ve worked with pipeline operators worldwide to help them quantify the effects of anomalies on their systems’ integrity. Using our ICAD process (Inspection, Categorization, Assessment, and Determination), we help operators determine the best course of action to ensure their continued safe operation. The result is a start-to-stop process for assisting operators with defect detection and assessment, risk reduction, and decision making.

Listed below are some of the services we offer:

• Burst testing

• Cyclic pressure testing (three pumping units with each up to 10,000 cycles per day)

• Large-scale bending testing (36-inch diameter pipes up to 3 million ft-lbs)

• Cold temperature testing down to -51°F

• Elevated temperature testing up to 350°F

• Sub-scale testing using ADV’s 120-jip Tinius Olsen tension fatigue machine

• Be-spoke specialty fixture design, fabrication, and testing

• Equipment including data acquisition systems, measurement sensors, and Digital Image Correlation (DIC) camera

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