Interface force measurement solutions are used in every facet of energy production from research and exploration, to monitoring equipment especially our oil and gas energy sensors. Load cells and torque transducers assist oil, gas, wind, coal, solar, and emerging energy companies to fuel the world. When our petroleum customers came to us requesting load cells that could withstand up to 30,000 psi and 500°F, we met the challenge with custom application-specific solutions.
Our moment and temperature compensated LowProfile™ load cells use proprietary alloy strain gages to provide the most accurate readings possible in the harshest environments, such as downhole drilling, wirelines, pipelines, and wind turbines. Interface tests every LowProfile™ load sensor for accuracy and temperature specifications, and moment compensates each unit to minimize sensitivity to extraneous loads. Using eight proprietary strain gages per sensor, our 4mV/V output which exceeds most other load cell performance specifications.
Our torque transducers have been used in instances for windmill energy. A customer wanted to improve their windmill by monitoring the torque being created by the windmills power ramps. Installing our T2 Ultra Precision Shaft Style Rotary Torque Transducer between the windmill propeller and the electric generator of the windmill, it resulted in accurate testing. Shaft Style Torque Transducer Couplings were also installed to ensure stability. This resulted in our customer being able to determine the optimal blade pitch for their windmill, thus being able to generate more energy.
With a variety of load cells, load buttons, force transducers, torque transducers and other Oil Gas Energy Sensors available, our applications engineers can help you design a measurement solution for your energy production needs.
Interface Pressure Compensated Downhole Load Cell
The downhole environment poses many challenges for well-drillers, operators, tool-string designers, and other engineers in the oil and gas industry. Obtaining accurate force measurements poses some real challenges in certain use cases based on the sensor technologies used and while these types of solutions are available, they fall short in performance, reliability, or capability. For example, the oil and gas industry has used “wet” load cells to monitor forces on their downhole load strings. These downhole load strings are equipped with a variety of sensors, and they travel down thousands of feet during exploratory drilling operations. The problem with wet load cells is that they don’t hold up for extended use in wells that extend several thousand feet underground and where there are extreme pressures and temperatures in a caustic environment. To address this issue, Interface created a “dry” load cell that protects the sensitive parts with innovative design, reduces the number of sensors required in the customer’s downhole load string, and allows the load cell to last 10 years or more.