Getting Down and Dirty with High Pressure Gauges
A growing point of political contention these days is hydraulic fracturing, or what is commonly referred as “hydrofracking” or simply “fracking”. The purpose of hydraulic fracturing is to access and obtain natural gasses beneath the earth’s crust via a horizontal drilling mechanism that fractures through the layers of rock. While this can be potentially harmful to the environment, particularly regarding the subsequent level of contamination in the surrounding water supply, fracking not only provides possible alternatives to oil, but also creates a significant increase in job opportunities—something the United States is in dire need of. Essentially, this issue is an argument between those who care about protecting our environment and those who care about our country’s economic well-being.
Because drilling entails executing contact many miles below ground-level, pressure becomes an obvious and fundamental point of attention—hydraulic fracturing in particular. The measurement of the pressure and rate while fracking a particular area of the earth’s crust provides the data and knowledge of the inner-earth’s geology needed to successfully access, carry and retain the natural gasses in the transportation process. The combination of the water, sand and other additives pumped at high pressure into the earth, along with the massive levels of pressure being enduring from the simple weight of the earth upon the fracking equipment, requires a lot of careful and continual monitoring of the high pressure gauges involved in the process.
While more conventional, lower-pressure gauges measure only relatively insignificant levels of pressure, high pressure gauges, like those used when fracking through the depths of the earth, puts us in a whole other and bigger ballpark. Such types are appropriately constructed with strong, shatter-resistant glass to protect the analog or digital screens, along with various durable and strong ports and valves designed to withstand the difficult environments they are intended for. Such high pressure gauges are also found in other, more common types of hydraulic technologically advanced equipment, such as water cutting machine, hydro-blasting pumps, hydro-demolition and many other kinds of equipment found in industrial and manufacturing environments.