Brindley Engineering conducted a detailed field survey in order to establish the basis for a hydraulic model. It was observed that flow from three additional process units tied into the line as it transferred rich amine back to the Amine Unit, and that lean amine was also being added along the way as part of a makeshift solution. The various hydraulic circuit options that were analyzed and several thousand equivalent feet of pipe and involved multiple vertical transitions of approximately 20 to 30 feet in height.
Together with this field information, operating data was gathered and client operations personnel were interviewed to determine the exact nature of the hydraulic problems that were being encountered. The data was used to create a hydraulic tabulation of the various circuits such that comparisons could be made between individual cases at each and every section along the route.