As part of our comprehensive, full-service solution approach to drag reducing agents (DRA, drag reducer), LiquidPower Specialty Products Inc. (LSPI) offers technical support and consulting services. LSPI employs industry professionals who are recognized authorities in evaluating, implementing and maintaining successful DRA field applications. LSPI experts interact with all levels in our customer’s organization from pipeline modeling for business development to optimization for field operations.
Customer’s first interaction with LSPI’s Technical Support and Consulting group often begins with pipeline modeling and optimization. LSPI’s in-house modeling programs leverage results from the world’s most extensive database of field tests. The group has developed performance prediction models for all LSPI’s flow improver products under a wide variety of conditions. With multiple technical service engineers located around the world, many hundreds of hydraulic predictions have been developed for LSPI customers. Even large pipeline companies with their own in-house modeling groups come to LSPI for a second opinion on major projects and for advice in special circumstances.
While LSPI’s proprietary modeling software can provide predictions for DRA performance specific to an application, field tests can provide real-life demonstration on the line. LSPI is well versed in the management and coordination of product demonstrations and field verification tests for our customers. Every aspect of field testing is coordinated by this group, from initial performance modeling to location selection, delivery coordination and placement of test injection equipment, management of the test itself, analysis of results and presentation of a final report.
LSPI also offers extensive DRA training offerings. Introductory programming, called “DRA 101” provides an educational foundation for DRA users, covering the overview of DRA technology, a review of basic ﬂuid properties, and pipeline hydraulics modeling training. DRA product characteristics and handling procedures are discussed as they relate to each operator’s pipeline. Equipment-related training is usually a part of LSPI’s drag reducer/flow improver training and gives customers a thorough understanding of the overall injection scheme into their pipeline.
Technical services are also provided by LSPI’s research and development team. At these facilities, LSPI manages the world’s most complete DRA-related laboratory and analytical equipment. One example of this capability is testing and predicting how new crude oil samples will respond to DRA treatment. The combination of facilities and expertise available can effectively address many, unique situations that arise in the field.
LSPI engineers and scientists have presented many industry conference papers about drag reduction technology and applications including heavy oil applications, multiphase applications, refinery impact studies, and engine impact testing. LSPI maintains a comprehensive library of technical papers and presentations on a wide range of topics that are available to share with our customers by request.