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WIKA undertook testing of their ScrutonWell® design of thermowell in August 2018 at TUV/NEL in East Kilbride, Scotland which concluded that the ScrutonWell® thermowell design exhibits over a 90% reduction in vortex-induced vibrations compared to a standard thermowell.
Subsequently, when it came to the design of a temperature monitoring system for the new Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF), which was developed to support industry’s measurement challenges, mainly from an Oil & Gas perspective, a WIKA solution was chosen.
With operating pressures up to 140 Bar and flow rates up to 83,000bpd of oil or water & 360MMscfd of gas, a standard thermowell design was not suitable and a clamp-on alternative did not provide sufficient accuracy or response times.
To meet the demanding technical specifications and after considering different technologies & manufacturers, the project team decided that the ScrutonWell® was the preferred solution.
With over 50 off measuring points for temperature, 16 off were identified as ‘high risk’ and supplied as ScrutonWells. WIKA TR10-B Resistance Thermometers were the sensors selected to measure the temperature throughout the facility.
WIKA Pressure Gauges, which are the recognised standard for reliable & repeatable local indication, were also selected for the project.