FHE: Pressure Control Equipment

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FHE Service Inspection

4 Levels of Hydrostatic Testing & Certification

1. Hydro-Test & Certify

Used for equipment to demonstrate it can hold desired test pressures.

  • Visually inspect and gauge
  • Hydrostatic test
  • Certification showing the hydrostatic test result
    Does not include tear down, or elastomer change
Hydro-Test & Certify Certification Package Includes;

*Color Hard Copy report in a professional Portfolio Binder
*Digital CD

  • Cover page that records Job number, serial numbers of each piece of equipment, date
  • Certification of compliance
  • Hydro-test information sheet
  • Serial number system information sheet
  • Job report
  • Individual serial number test reports that include hydro-tests and pull tests when applicable

2. Quarterly Inspection

Quarterly Inspections are performed on equipment that requires general testing only.

  • Visual Inspection to check for any noticeable defects
  • External elastomer(s) change
  • Hydrostatic test
  • Certification
    Does not include tear down, or internal elastomer change
Quarterly Certification Package Includes;

*Color Hard Copy report in a professional Portfolio Binder
*Digital CD

  • Cover page that records Job number, serial numbers of each piece of equipment, date
  • Certification of compliance
  • Hydro-test information sheet
  • Serial number system information sheet
  • Job report
  • Individual serial number test reports that include hydro-tests and pull tests when applicable

3. Annual Inspection

This level of service is required under the API RP 54 guidelines; it is used for equipment that is due for complete re-certification.

  • Equipment tear down
  • Wash-down
  • Visually inspect (prior to non-destructive test)
  • Non-destructive test, magnetic particle or dye penetrant (using an out sourced level 3, certified technician)
  • Wash-down (remove magnetic particle dust)
  • Sandblast (to strip all paint)
  • Visually inspect (for any defects, and part replacement)
  • Equipment measured, documented and compared to OEM specifications
  • Replace all elastomers
  • Re-assemble
  • Re-stamp serialization
  • Digitally perform and record hydrostatic test
  • Paint (according to the customer’s paint code)
  • Band (stainless steel banding, containing company name, serial number, type of service, working pressure, & test pressure)
  • Tape (color coded to show PSI of equipment & type of service); color coding can be requested
  • Stencil (Company Name, working pressure, test pressure & type of service)
  • Quality assurance
  • Digital and hard copy certification equipment booklet
Annual Certification Package Includes;

*Color Hard Copy report in a professional Portfolio Binder
*Digital CD

  • Cover page that records Job number, serial numbers of each piece of equipment, date
  • Certification of compliance
  • Magnetic particle inspection certification
  • Liquid particle inspections certification
  • Hydro-test information sheet
  • Serial number system information sheet
  • Job report
  • Individual serial number test reports that include hydro-tests and pull tests when applicable

4. Five Year Inspection

Under goes all of the above Annual Inspection process, but differs in how non-destructive testing is performed. Below shows the additional steps that are added for a 5 year Inspection.

Ultrasonic Testing (UT)

In ultrasonic testing, high-frequency sound waves are transmitted into a material to detect imperfections or to locate changes in material thickness.

  • Risers with an o-ring groove are tested in 5 different places
  • Risers with no o-ring groove are tested in 3 different places
Hardness (HD)

FHE uses the Rockwell C scale to determine metals hardness. The metal is pierced with a small non-deformable ball or cone, the metal’s resistance to penetration dictates under the Rockwell scale what the metal’s hardness should be. The test is determined by the depth of which the ball or cone has sunk into the metal (shown below). The depth dictates under the Rockwell-C Scale the tinsel strength. The Rockwell hardness test is the most used and versatile of the hardness tests.

  • Performed on H2S equipment only (must provide this documentation prior to testing)
  • Metal must be between 18-22 Rockwell to be H2S
  • Tool Trap is tested on 3 areas of the body
  • WLV are tested in 2 areas on the body and 1 area on each of the cylinders
  • Alloy material is not HD tested
  • All nuts and unions (non-alloy material) are HD tested

Material can be tested for element composition upon customer request

Five Year Inspection Certification Package Includes;

*Color Hard Copy report in a professional Portfolio Binder
*Digital CD

  • Cover page that records job number, serial numbers of each piece of equipment, date
  • Certification of compliance
  • Magnetic particle inspection certification
  • Liquid particle inspections certification
  • Hydro-test information sheet
  • Serial number system information sheet
  • Job report
  • Individual serial number test reports that include hydro-tests and pull tests when applicable

Sheave Annual Inspection: FHE 14” Sheaves

  • Entire sheave disassembled, clevis is cut off
  • Body wash
  • Sandblast wheel face, clevis, and shrouds
  • Visually inspect for defective components
  • Inspect that all serial numbers are stamped on shroud, clevis, and wheel
  • Varsol cleaning
  • Inspect for cracks using dye penetrate
  • Wash off penetrate
  • Paint wheel color with corresponding line color;
    • 3/16’’- White
    • 7/32’’- Red
    • 1/4’’- Yellow
    • 9/32’’- Dark Blue
    • 5/16’’- Black
  • Deep inspection
  • Reassemble
    • Race
    • Bearings repacked (if the bearings are rusted or damaged in any way they will be replaced)
    • Clevis pin set and re-welded
    • Parts replaced with every annual inspection;
    • Teflon point setscrews
    • Clevis bushing
    • Clevis bushing pin
    • Thrust washer
    • Bearing seals
    • Roll pins
    • Name plate for sheave
  • Proof load
  • Work load
  • Serial number
  • Last inspection date
  • Sheave pull test
    • Proof load of 26,400 lbs.
    • Older FHE Star sheaves and Gearhart sheaves have a proof load of 12,000 lbs.
  • Sheave quality assurance inspection
    • Information entered into the FHE certification database includes;
    • Job number
    • Company, location
    • Serial number
    • Sheave size, line size
    • Manufacture
    • The last annual inspection date
    • Quality assurance information
  • Shipping document

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