Balmoral Subsea Test Centre

Balmoral Subsea Test Centre

Balmoral’s test house facility offers a comprehensive range of procedures including hydrostatic, mechanical and laboratory trials. Although predominantly used for in-house testing and development work these facilities and services are available to third party users.

 

Balmoral Subsea Test Centre

 

Hydrostatic testing

Substantial investment has been made in improving and expanding the Balmoral Subsea Test Centre which now offers the largest commercially available hydrostatic vessel in Europe.

Upgraded vessels, remote monitoring software and procedures are in place offering independent testing for all types of subsea equipment to 7000msw equivalent.

Standard tests include:

  • Uplift determination
  • Water ingress
  • Instrumented buoyancy loss
  • Hydrostatic compression and creep
  • Hydrostatic collapse
  • Bulk modulus
  • Buckle arrestment performance

The hydrostatic vessels use air driven liquid pumps and can accommodate electric, hydraulic and instrumentation connections. Each vessel can be fitted with chart recorders, pressure and temperature data loggers that provide highly detailed results for analysis.

Balmoral Subsea Test Centre - pressure test vessel

 

 

Balmoral hydrostatic testing facilities

Vessel
Safe working pressure
Internal length
Internal diameter
Orientation
psi
bar
ft / in
mm
in
mm
PV1
5200
358
35' / 6"
10825
52"
1320
Horizontal
PV2
10000
700
7' / 9"
2380
19"
485
Vertical
PV3
10000
700
7' / 9"
2380
19"
485
Vertical
PV4
10000
700
7' / 9"
2380
19"
485
Vertical
PV5
10000
700
1'
300
5.5"
140
Vertical
PV6
6000
410
29' / 6"
9000
72"
1830
Vertical
PV7
870
60
8' / 2"
2500
19.7"
500
Vertical
PV8
7832
540
8' / 2"
2500
19.7"
500
Vertical
PV9
7832
540
8' / 2"
2500
19.7"
500
Vertical
PV10
7832
540
8' / 2"
2500
19.7"
500
Vertical
PV11
6890
475
22' / 11"
7000
71"
1800
Vertical

Displacement tanks are available for large scale uplift testing. Internal dimensions of the two tanks are: 6250x2250x1300mm deep and Ø9000x6000mm deep.

 

 

Balmoral Subsea Test Centre - mechanical testing

 

Mechanical testing

Balmoral’s multi-purpose load rig performs the following test-types and is available for third party use:

  • Axial and lateral slip loads to 60t
  • Static loading and 3-point bend to 100t
  • Bend restrictor/stiffener load to 10t
  • Bend restrictor locking radius measurement under load
  • Compression and shear testing on companion cylinders to 200t and tensile testing to 150t
  • Dropped weight and swing arm impact testing
  • Lifting point/insert load testing

 

Development laboratory

The laboratory at Balmoral Offshore Engineering is equipped with state-of-the-art development, testing analysis and inspection apparatus.

Managed by a highly experienced and dedicated technical team the lab plays a central role in the company’s R&D programme.

As well as providing a professional in-house service, the lab is available for third party development and testing programmes.

 

 

Balmoral Subsea Test Centre - development laboratory