2 Pressure Testing and Rate of Pressure Change

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OC displayed during a test can tell the operator not to “bump” pressure when the ROC has been met and the predicted end test pressure will not be below the minimum test pressure.

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Pressure Testing and Rate of Pressure Change Psi/Min Intelligent Pressure Testing and Rate of Change Pressure testing specifications imposed by verification body standards include the following parameters:  Test Pressure  Hold Period  Allowable Pressure loss over the hold Period Thorough pressure testing specifications will also include:  Min Test Pressure  Max Test Pressure  Improving Trend True/False To aid in testing Test Pressure and Hold Period can be combined into a rate of change ROC. For example where the Hold Period 10min and the Allowable Pressure Loss 30psi the Average Allowable ROC 3psi/min. That is if the average rate of Pressure

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Calculator change during the 10min Hold Period 3psi/min then the hold and allowable loss component of the test specification will have been achieved. Once we know the Average Allowable ROC we apply it to a test by sampling a short duration of pressure x time data and multiply it out to display it as psi/min then compare that to the specified Average Allowable ROC. For more detail click here Pressure Test Result Prediction with Average Allowable Rate of change The DARTT Recorder samples data over a few seconds removing motion induced pressure noise vessel or rig heave causing water hammer and displaying psi/min. So why is using the ROC of such significance 1. You cannot pass a pressure test until you have met the Average Allowable ROC 2. Typically the ROC will be met well before the end of a pressure test Hold Period. Note: The image below shows the pressure line turn from blue to green as the pressure tests ROC meets or exceeds the Average Allowable ROC for the pressure test specification. You can see approximately 1.5 min in to the 5 min hold period the DARTT Recorder is showing an inevitable pass. Save Time Pressure Testing with a DARTT Recorder The ROC User Interface combined with the DARTT Recorders other test health functions such as “Trend” and “Prediction” can save a lot of time when pressure testing. They also make trouble-shooting leaks significantly faster and more definitive. ROC displayed during a test can tell the operator not to “bump” pressure when the ROC has been met and the predicted end test pressure will not be below the minimum test pressure. Alternatively if you have not met the ROC and the test is not showing an “Improving Trend” then the test is not going to pass as things stand. Most likely caused by a leak somewhere in the system that needs rectifying so prolonging the hold period is wasting time. Test with confidence ROC Trend and Prediction functions give an unprecedented level of confidence in the results during the test. Having a pressure-testing tool that can provide an objective pass/fail

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based on the given criteria removes the second-guessing and allows the focus to be on the next step not whether the last step was correct. Further Application of the DARTT Recorder ROC Pressure Test Assessment Consider running Riser for a BOP or Intervention System. It is desirable to confirm each Riser connection before running the next. Usually once the BOP/Intervention system has been landed and latched a final pressure test re-tests all previously tested connections. Save a lot of time without reducing quality by pressure testing these and similar connections until the Average Allowable ROC has been met. Very little if arguably any assurance is gained by holding such a pressure test beyond this goal. Email Us: darttdartt.com.au Follow US On: LinkedIn

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