Traditional Thermowell Solution

Orbital’s VE Technology is an innovative solution to many of the common issues encountered by traditional thermowells. The problem of vortex-induced failure is traditionally solved by structurally reinforcing the thermowell body. However, this method actually exacerbates the issue and transfers the stress to the mounting point, which can cause even more of a problem (e.g. fatigue, stress and cracking of the pipeline wall). The VE Thermowell has a radical new design to provide best-ever safety and performance. Orbital machines a helical strake into the body of the probes, producing a design that has been meticulously researched and calculated to eliminate all vortex induced vibration.

The VE Thermowell makes process temperature measurement safe and accurate. Extensive wake calculations are no longer needed to be confident your equipment is safe from vortex induced vibrations, and concerns about thermowell failure or a major pipeline failure caused by poor thermowell design are eliminated. Because the helical strake eliminates the vortex effect, we can reduce the wall thickness of our thermowells. This means there is less thermal mass in Orbital’s thermowells, which results in a much faster and more accurate temperature response.

VE Thermowells are also machined with an aerodynamic tip, which minimizes flow disturbance. The top thermowell company in the United States uses Orbital’s VE probe exclusively.

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VE Thermowell


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See the full results from the final report on the tests of the Orbital VE helical strake thermowell performed on May 1, 2017. READ MORE

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Orbital Gas Systems, in partnership with Daily Thermetrics, conducted flow lab testing for helical strakes for thermowells and sample probes on Monday, May 1, 2017, at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. This first-of-its-kind test proved the effects of vortex-induced-vibration on traditional and helical probe geometries in a typical high-pressure, high-velocity pipeline environment. READ MORE

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