Tyne Subsea – North East England’s new hub for hyperbaric research, test and certification
71% of the earth’s surface is covered by water with an average water depth of around 3,600m, which means that a significant amount of the Earth’s natural resources lie deep underwater. Recognising this, the subsea and offshore community in the North East of England identified the need to support industries whose aim is to deliver safe and reliable performance of equipment, components and materials under water.
The result is the formation of Tyne Subsea in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a partnership between BEL Valves and Newcastle University, drawing on the strengths of each to provide the North East of England’s hub for hyperbaric research, test and certification.
These two distinct, but mutually supporting hyperbaric services provide six hyperbaric chambers ranging in length, internal diameter and pressure rating to cover a broad spectrum of customer testing, certification and research requirements. The first, designated a National centre by UK Government is dedicated to research, drawing on the University’s expertise across faculties from geosciences and evolutionary biology, to engineering and sustainability. The second centre is commercially focussed, delivering hyperbaric test and certification services backed by 20 years’ experience gained from valve testing at BEL Valves.
Combined, the facilities offer the most comprehensive hyperbaric service in Europe with the ability to test to 6,000m equivalent water depths. The largest chamber is 2.5m in diameter and 4.5m long allowing for testing of larger subsea equipment, whilst the range of chambers available, 6 in total, ensures that waiting time is kept to a minimum and parallel testing can be accommodated. Access to the equipment being tested from outside the chambers is provided by a number of connections/penetrations which enables the operation and monitoring of electrical, electronic, mechanical or hydraulic equipment whilst in the chambers.
For more detail visit Tyne Subsea’s website