The KW Designed Solutions breech lock closure pressure vessel, utilises one of our most robust, efficient and quick-acting closures.

The breech lock closure is an innovatively engineered closure, which allows the operator to rapidly open or close the pressure vessel, with a simple 1/8th to 1/16th turn of a handle.

The slim-line nature of the breech lock closure, allows the body of the pressure vessel to remain slender and parallel. This enables the future benefit of being able to retro-fit heat transfer jackets to the OD of the pressure vessel if required.

These pressure vessels have a small footprint, as they are used vertically and allow the Device Under Test (DUT) to be attached to the underside of the closure; reducing the amount of manual handling required.

Our breech lock closure pressure vessel can also be used in a horizontal position. We incorporate a vessel and closure support frame into the design; ensuring closure alignment is maintained.

KW Designed Solutions breech lock closure pressure vessels are supplied with operating pressure of up to 2000 bar and temperatures ranges from -50°C to +300°C.


  • Closure Alignment System
  • Material of Construction: Stainless Steels, Carbon & Alloy Steels
  • Multi-Penetration Closure
  • Pressure Ratings: 100 Bar to 2000 Bar
  • Safety Interlock System
  • Seal Types: O Seal with Back-Up-Ring, Spring Seal & Various Options
  • Size: Between Ø100mm to Ø1000mm Bore & Depths of 200mm to 4000mm
  • Temperature: -50°C to 300°C
  • Volumes: 1 Litre to 3000 Litres


  • Custom Size & Pressure Range Available to Meet Specific Requirements
  • Guided Closure Alignment System Allowing Easy & Safe Operation
  • Integral Safety Interlock System Prevents Accidental Opening & Allows for Integration with Pressure Control Systems & Safety Enclosure Door Locking Devices
  • Minimal Effort to Open & Close the Vessel; Simply Rotate the Lock Ring Handle 1/16th of A Turn
  • Minimal Shop Floor Footprint
  • Multiple Penetrations for Tooling, Electrical Feed-Through & Pressure Control Hardware
  • Rapid Opening & Closing Times: 2 Minutes to Open/ Close, 5 Seconds to Lock/ Unlock
  • SWL Rated Closure for Attachment of DUT (Device Under Test) – No Need to Load & Unload the Vessel

Applications and Customer Uses

Our unique, innovative, breech lock closure pressure vessel are a popular choice for customers who work within the energy and subsea industry sectors.

The ease of handling, speed of use and increased safety, provide the customer with the perfect solution for use in arduous operating environments.

Breech lock closure pressure vessels are typically used for conducting qualification, production testing on products, Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT), which include:

  • Cables
  • CIMVS & Other Types of Well Intervention Tools
  • Hoses
  • Hydraulic Connectors
  • Penetrators
  • ROV Systems
  • Sensor Assemblies
  • Subsea Electrical Components

We can also supply additional equipment, associated with advanced subsea simulation hyperbaric testing; enabling the creation of highly specialised test environments.

Our skilled team has the capability to simulate real-life operating conditions, such as the agitation of sand and silt media, heating and cooling of test media or the ability to manipulate components within the vessel. This allows additional functionality such as mate/ de-mate of electrical or hydraulic connectors.

KW Designed Solutions technological expertise enables us to provide the perfect solution for the most specific, detailed and demanding requirements.

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Project Examples

KW Designed Solutions Pressure Vessel for Testing CIMVs

A pressure vessel with a breech lock quick-acting closure supplied for Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) of chemical injection metering valves:

  • Pressure Ratings: 450 Bar
  • Size: Ø600mm X 2100mm Depth
  • Temperature: -10°C to +50°C
  • Volume: 600 Litres

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KW Designed Solutions Pressure Vessel Testing Wellbore Drilling Tools

This pressure vessel was developed to carry out qualification, Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT), production testing of guided drilling tooling and equipment.

The innovative design permits elevated temperature testing to be carried out, whilst also allowing quick entry into the vessel, to easily and quickly access the device under test.

  • Pressure Ratings: 1483 Bar
  • Size: Ø400mm X 1800mm Depth
  • Temperature: -20°C to +300°C
  • Volume: 225 Litres

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KW Designed Solutions Pressure Vessel Testing Subsea Electrical Connectors

Wet-mate electrical connectors supplied to the subsea sector for power, control and communications must undergo extensive testing; proving their robustness and reliability to operate in the most severe of operating environments.

  • Pressure Ratings: 517 Bar
  • Size: Ø300mm X 1300mm Depth
  • Temperature: -10°C to +60°C
  • Volume: 80 Litres

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