Buoyancy testing or instrumented buoyancy loss (IBL) testing is frequently performed within our hyperbaric chambers. The purpose of buoyancy testing is to monitor water ingress in order to establish the effectiveness of the design and seals of assemblies and modules when subjected to extended deep water pressures. This is achieved by measuring the pre/post-test weights of the products on our onsite scales or load cells in order to confirm weight displacement. This in turn validates products are fit-for-purpose prior to deployment.
Buoyancy testing is commonly performed for a wide ranging client base including the subsea oil and gas sector, typically to support engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and end user riser installations through compliance to API 17L or API 17U. This further extends to the defence industry to test components destined for installation on naval submarines in addition to wider marine technologies.