For Subsea Oil and Gas applications, it is vital that a system performs safely, reliably and efficiently in extreme environments.
Subsea conditions present many challenges; operating at high pressures, high fluid velocities, long pipelines, pressure surges and the need for rapid valve closure for emergency shutdown. Any failure at subsea level can be catastrophic both to the environment and to an organisations budget. If a system fails, it can be difficult to fix, hundreds and even thousands of meters below sea level.
During the design phase, testing in ‘real’ operating conditions is limited. This has led to increased use of simulation to prove results and provide confidence to engineers - ensuring system failure is minimised.
Subsea Actuation System
Flowmaster V7 enables engineers to simulate the subsea hydraulic control systems to analyse the surge effects of fast transient events such as rapid valve closure or sudden pump trip and the impact of using different hydraulic fluids, to ensure that subsea systems work safely and reliably. Flowmaster V7 Flow Balancing capability also allows engineers to optimise system components and ensure that the flow rate and pressures throughout the systems are within the design specification.
Similarly for water injection systems, Flowmaster V7 allows engineers to perform surge analysis to determine the maximum pressure surges (water hammer) that can occur as a result of transient events such as rapid valve closure during pipeline operation, or pump trip and restart operations.