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Pressures of the Pipeline Industry

Hydrostatic Pressure Testing

Hydrostatic pressure testing is a process where high-pressure pumps are used to assess the resilience of on-site resources and determine their capability of handling the demands of both ongoing or upcoming projects. Whether new construction, existing lines, fabrication or spooling, hydrostatic pressure testing enables businesses to test the maximum and minimum pressure-limits of pipeline environments to ensure the highest-degree of efficiency and safety.

Testing a Line’s Pressure

Pipeline projects are, more often than not, vastly diverse. Networks of pipes can be found above and below ground, as well as throughout both rural and metropolis areas. Workers are often seen while on-site. Some commuters may even see workers along local highways on a daily basis.

Over time, pipelines falter and operations can come to a screeching halt. It is important to consistently and properly test the integrity of on-site materials, equipment, and infrastructure, to avoid unexpected accidents, costs, and delays. One such pipeline service includes hydrostatic pressure testing, which is commonly used for many different applications.

Hydrostatic Pressure Testing Applied

Hydrostatic pressure tests are conducted to make sure that all tools and equipment are up-to-par by ensuring that all pressure vessels are impervious to leaks and blockage, which can diminish resources or even harm individuals if not addressed. Air and water are circulated through a test-site using powerful pumps and considered successful when no leaks are detected over an extended period of time.

A business may have an upcoming project where the potential pipeline will need to withstand a maximum of 7,000 pounds per square inch (PSI) to operate smoothly. High pressure pumps, capable of 10,000 PSI or more, can be brought in and attached to a strategically chosen section.


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