R&D


Innovation and efficient development

OBS Technology have collocated R&D, design and engineering, prototype workshop and test facilities. This enables fast turnaround from initial idea through prototyping to initial testing. A motivated, flexible and highly skilled team in a positive, supportive and inclusive work environment provide the basis for our innovative company culture.

 

 

Test Facilities

 

Our test facilities are located in a separate 100 m2 building. The facilities are equipped with systems for a variety of pneumatic and hydraulic test purposes with integrated possibilities of measuring and logging a wide range of parameters.

 

Recent development projects

 

Flow control valve

There is and has been a requirement for regulators that can reliably control a set flow independent of variations in supply and back pressures. This is particularly true for oilfield chemical injection where well pressures and other conditions may vary significantly. Our new series of flow control regulators addresses the shortcomings of presently available solutions by decoupling the flow control function from the supply and back pressures. The base model was developed, tested and qualified for offshore use within a time period of less than a year.

 

 

 

VOID

Operating hydraulic systems subsea, especially at depth, requires the hydraulic energy to be stored in accumulators. These employ the compressibility of gas as energy storage. However, the compressibility of most viable gases is reduced at elevated pressures thus requiring larger accumulator volumes at deeper waters. In addition, accumulators need to be pressurized to a significantly higher pressure than the actual requirement of the hydraulic system as any consumption reduces the pressure in the accumulators.

 

The Void concept works with the ambient pressure instead of against it. Energy is stored by creating a volume of void at near vacuum and subsequently exploiting the differential between the ambient pressure and the void to provide hydraulic energy. Key components such as a pump to create the void and an intensifier pump to amplify the pressure has been developed and is presently under test.