About our department

Product

PulsimSuite software for API 618 / 674 pulsation and vibration studies, and root-cause analysis.

Training

  • Pulsation and vibration control for process equipment, pipe systems, and rotating equipment (yearly three-day workshop in November, at the TNO office in Delft; also tailor-made courses available at customer location).
  • Flow assurance, focusing on number of topics such as multiphase flow assurance, control optimization, petroleum chemistry and well-reservoir interaction (bi-yearly three-day workshop in April, at the TNO office in Delft; also available at customer location).

Reciprocating Compressors / Pumps and Screw Compressors

Consultancy

  • API 618 / 674 / 619 pulsation and vibration studies, (according to latest revisions):
    • damper check
    • pulsation analysis
    • mechanical response analysis
    • compressor manifold analysis
    • compressor cylinder valve dynamic analysis
    • vessel dynamic analysis
    • piping flexibility (ASME B31.3) analysis
  • Foundation dynamic analysis
  • Root cause analysis / field measurements / trouble shooting
  • Noise analysis and control

Applied R&D

  • Application of non-traditional vibration mitigation techniques for pipe systems and rotating equipment applications:
    • Tuned Mass Damper systems
    • Constrained Layer Damping
  • Light-weight pistons for reciprocating compressors
  • Development of new silencer geometries

Centrifugal Compressors

Consultancy

  • Compressor stability studies (e.g. surge control, transient behavior during start-up and shut-down)
  • Root cause analysis / field measurements / trouble shooting
  • Noise analysis and control

Applied R&D

  • Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) for dense gas applications
  • High-frequency dynamics
  • Development of new silencer geometries

Offshore applications

Consultancy

  • Flow-induced pulsations and vibrations (FIP/FIV); e.g. subsea templates, “singing” risers
  • 2D/3D acoustics modelling and computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Multi-phase fluid-structure interaction (forces due to slugs on piping, and mechanical response)
  • Root cause analysis / field measurements / trouble shooting
  • Evaluation of cyclic stress, fatigue, integrity history of installations

Applied R&D

  • Experimental and numerical (CFD) studies for (complex) fluid flows
  • Development of multiphase fluid-structure interaction models

Production technology

Providing consultancies and applied research to upstream oil and gas industry to ensure the stable and cost beneficial production of hydrocarbons.

Capabilities and facilities

  • Single and Multiphase flow rigs
  • Commercial and in-house developed software for modelling
    • Computational fluid dynamics of installations and equipment, e.g. separators, flowlines, etc.
    • Erosion and corrosion modelling

Consultancy

  • Feasibility studies of production optimization of maturing assets
  • Optimization workflow developments for complex processes and production assets
  • Root cause analysis of failure of equipment and upsets in production
  • Third party reviews of engineering studies and recommendations

Applied R&D

  • Multiphase flow slugging mitigation and control (contract research with Maersk)
  • Offshore heavy oil research project (Statoil)
    • Developing models for thermodynamics and flowing properties of heavy oil
    • Experimental study on inflow control valve
    • Modelling the polymer flooding and polymer degradation for enhanced oil recovery
  • Digital oil/gas field application (intelligent fields)
    • Developing real-time production surveillances and optimization framework and tools
  • Flow-chemistry
    • Experimental and modelling of chemical processes
  • Innovative methods to mitigate mature fields issues, such as liquid loading and salt precipitation
    • Applying special coating or polymers to enhance the hydrocarbon production