Specialized High-Pressure Testing Infrastructure

At our state-of-the-art Wilfred E. Baker test facility, we perform R&D on various types of pressure testing hazards to help you better understand the hazards present at your pressure testing operations and improve upon current codes and standards as well as hazard prediction methodologies.  In addition to our Pressure Testing Research Cooperative (PTRC), BakerRisk can tailor pressure testing programs to your specifications.

With our advanced testing infrastructure, we conduct experimental tests and research to improve upon current codes and standards as well as enhance high-pressure hazard prediction methodologies. We launch fittings, flanges, plugs, and end caps to simulate accidents that involve projectile hazards. Other hazards, such as blast loads from pressure releases and pipe-whipping from supply line releases, have also been investigated through experimental testing.  Projectiles have also been launched at supersonic speeds to simulate weapons effects and other hazards from high explosives.

Barricade Protection Testing

High pressure testing operations often utilize barricades for protection against pressure testing projectile hazards. BakerRisk can perform barricade testing using traditional construction materials such as reinforced concrete and structural steel, as well as novel concepts such as ballistic blankets. These tests aid in improving understanding of structural design for projectile impacts and may also serve as proof tests for vendor-supplied products.

Barricade Testing-Reinforced Concrete
Reinforced Concrete
Barricade Testing-Kevlar Blanket Testing
Kevlar Blanket Testing

Barricade Testing

Performance and Proof Testing

Third-party performance and proof tests are typically conducted at elevated temperatures and pressures to satisfy various requirements (e.g., API and others). This is especially useful when your demands for pressure testing exceed the capacity of your existing facilities or when faced with unique project challenges.   BakerRisk can accommodate specialized testing requirements using our uniquely designed hardened or submerged pressure test enclosures.

Enclosures for Third-Party Pressure Testing-Submerged Pressure Test Enclosure
Submerged Pressure Test Enclosure
Enclosures for Third-Party Pressure Testing-Test Cell
Test Cell

Enclosures for Third-Party Pressure Testing

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