July 19, 2017
The second quarter of 2017 was an outstanding quarter for the Technology Development Center (TDC) in Houston, TX. The achieved level of activities at the TDC was the highest since the Grand Opening event two years ago, with a record breaking 231 visitors representing 44 companies in the month of June. Ongoing research at the TDC consists of both PRCI funded R&D projects and member funded work through joint industry initiatives or independent work. Ongoing PRCI funded research include the following projects:
Since the start of 2017, PRCI member companies have increasingly employed the TDC to execute research projects and conduct meetings. Member funded research at the TDC allows for a quick response to industry challenges or operational conditions that are unique to a given operator.
In the area of ILI tools assessment and verification, the pull test facility was used to assess the performance and accuracy of ILI tools for metal loss, stress corrosion cracking and localized damage features. The 6-inch liquid loop was also utilized to confirm the capability of certain ILI and cleaning tools to navigate through challenging piping configurations for offshore pigging applications.
With regards to NDE testing, the pipe samples at the TDC were an integral part of NDE tools performance evaluation and demonstration. In addition, members have utilized the warehouse space at the TDC to qualify NDE technicians for field work.
Finally, the conference rooms were used for general meetings and training. With the combination of meeting space and quick access to pipe samples, members have a unique opportunity to provide hands-on training for the next generation of pipeline engineers and field technicians.
If you are interested in any of the available services at the TDC, please contact us at TDC@prci.org or request a service on our website.