When there is a catastrophic pumping unit failure it is natural to wonder what happened and how this failure could have been prevented. However, the right answer may or may not be simple to find. The following list shows the most common reasons for a failure and how to prevent or minimize its occurrence in the future:Continue reading
Sucker-rod pumping units can be operated over a range of pumping speeds. It is expressed in Strokes per Minute (SPM). Obviously, this assumed that the up and down stroke of a unit forms one complete stroke cycle.
Sucker rod pumping speed can be calculated manually using a stopwatch or automatically by the mean of a pump-off controller (POC). This article will detail the manually pumping speed calculation procedure.
Manually Pumping Speed Calculation Procedure:
- Start the stopwatch at the bottom of the stroke and measure the time it takes for the unit to complete 10 strokes.
- Stop the stopwatch at the end of the 10 strokes when the PU is back at the bottom of the stroke. Make a note of the number of seconds it took.
- Convert the number of seconds into minutes (divide by 60).
- Divide 10 (the number of strokes) by the time in minutes to obtain the pumping speed expressed in strokes per minute (SPM).
Exercise: Calculate the pumping speed of this PU.Continue reading
This article gives you some good practices and rules of thumb for optimizing beam pump applications. The following topics have been presented:
- Artificial Lift Optimization – What does it mean?
- Required information
- Typical design situations
- Optimization considerations
- Simulate / Measure initial conditions
- Pump condition, structure loading, and gearbox Loading
- Miscellaneous notes
- Design Guidelines: Pump Efficiency, Structure Loading, Gearbox Loading
- Case 1: Increase Capacity
- Case 2: Size unit for well w/no unit
- Dialing in your design
- Unit Sizing “Rules of Thumb”
- Sucker Rod Design
- Rod Guides: Snap Ons, Molded Guides
Non-counterbalanced lever system:
The figure above represents a simple non-counterbalanced lever system. On the up-stroke, by pulling down on the end of a beam, a man is lifting a bucket full of water having a combined weight of 150 lbs.
Note that the upstroke effort of the man is a substantial 150 lbs.
MF-1 is an oil well activated using a sucker rod pump. The target rate is 500 BPD, the pump is set at 6000 ft, the plunger diameter is 1.5 inch, the rod string is 86, the stroke length is 144 inch and the pumping speed is 13 spm.
- Reducer Torque vs. Crank Angle:
SROD, the predictive program from GE, has been used in order to compare the reducer torque performance of a conventional unit and a Mark II unit. The plots “Torque (in in-lbs) versus the crank angle” are depicted in the following graph.
Note that the MKII does a better job approaching the uniform torque goal than the conventional unit and therefore has lower peak torque.