Advanced simulation of live operating conditions

TPG operates two test facilities designed to replicate as fully as possible the operating conditions that its turbomachinery will be exposed to.

A flowloop is a closed system where gas at a controlled temperature, pressure and flow rate enters a compressor to emerge at higher temperature and pressure. These and other parameters are measured so that compressor performance under a range of conditions can be mapped. The closed cycle then reduces the pressure and temperature to return the gas to the compressor inlet and the process continues.

This is one of very few multi-phase flowloops where sand and other solids can also be introduced to extend the range of conditions the compressor is subjected to. It provides TPG with independent data to prove their technologies and demonstrate the capability of compressor systems.

In addition to the workshop flowloop, TPG operates a fully enclosed methane flowloop on a specialist site in Cumbria.