Submersible pump

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A submersible pump (or electric submersible pump (ESP)) is a device which has a hermetically sealed motor close-coupled to the pump body. The whole assembly is submerged in the fluid to be pumped. The main advantage of this type of pump is that it prevents pump cavitation, a problem associated with a high elevation difference between pump and the fluid surface. Submersible pumps push fluid to the surface as opposed to jet pumps having to pull fluids. Submersibles are more efficient than jet pumps.


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1 Working principle 2 Applications o 2.1 ESP usage in oil wells

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ESP systems are effective for pumping produced fluids to surface.

The submersible pumps used in ESP installations are multistage centrifugal pumps operating in a vertical position. Although their constructional and operational features underwent a continuous evolution over the years, their basic operational principle remained the same. Produced liquids, after being subjected to great centrifugal forces caused by the high rotational speed of the impeller, lose their kinetic energy in the diffuser

A gas separator is sometimes installed. These use a 440 volt A/C motor that operates a small centrifugal pump.Other parts include the radial bearings (bushings) distributed along the length of the shaft providing radial support to the pump shaft turning at high rotational speeds. squirrel cage induction motor. Each stage consists of a driven impeller and a diffuser which directs flow to the next stage of the pump. taking suction with a 2-1/2 inch non-collapsible hose. with a nameplate power rating in the range 7. There is a possibility that the gasoline will leak into the pump causing a fire or destroying the pump. Well fluids enter the pump through an intake screen and are lifted by the pump stages. Single stage pumps are used for drainage. The motor used to drive the pump is typically a three phase.[1] The pump itself is a multi-stage unit with the number of stages being determined by the operating requirements. able to operate across a broad range of flow rates and depths. water wells and in oil wells. Surface components include the motor controller (often a variable speed controller). [edit]ESP usage in oil wells Submersible pumps are used in oil production to provide a relatively efficient form of "artificial lift". sewage pumping. This is the main operational mechanism of radial and mixed flow pumps. seal and cables.[1] . [edit]Applications Submersible pumps are found in many applications. Subsurface components typically include the pump. so hot water and flammable liquids should be avoided. They are also popular with aquarium filters. The pump shaft is connected to the gas separator or the protector by a mechanical coupling at the bottom of the pump. Pumps come in diameters from 90mm (3. general industrial pumping and slurry pumping. It can also be used out of the water. An optional thrust bearing takes up part of the axial forces arising in the pump but most of those forces are absorbed by the protector’s thrust bearing. motor.5 kW to 560 kW (at 60 Hz).where a conversion of kinetic to pressure energy takes place. surface cables and transformers.[citation needed] The pumps are typically electrically powered and referred to as Electrical Submersible Pumps (ESP). significantly more oil can be produced from the well when compared with natural production.[1][2] By decreasing the pressure at the bottom of the well (by lowering bottomhole flowing pressure.[citation needed] ESP systems consist of both surface components (housed in the production facility. Special attention to the type of ESP is required when using certain types of liquids. or increasing drawdown). The pumped liquid is circulated around the motor for cooling purposes.7 metres (29 ft) in length. Multiple stage submersible pumps are typically lowered down a borehole and used for water abstraction.5 inches) to 254mm (10 inches) and vary between 1 metre (3 ft) and 8. for example an oil platform) and sub-surface components (found in the well hole). ESP's commonly used on board naval vessels cannot be used to dewater contaminated flooded spaces.

The ESP system consists of a number of components that turn a staged series of centrifugal pumps to increase the pressure of the well fluid and push it to the surface. from deep wells of up to 12. There are at least 15 brands of oilfield esps used throughout the world. The energy to turn the pump comes from a high-voltage (3 to 5 kV) alternating-current source to drive a special motor that can work at high temperatures of up to 300 °F (149 °C) and high pressures of up to 5. This cable had to be wrapped around jointed tubing and connected at each joint. New coiled tubing umbilicals allow for both the piping and electric cable to deployed with a single conventional coiled tubing unit. ESPs have dramatically lower efficiencies with significant fractions of gas.000 feet (3.7 km) deep with high energy requirements of up to about 1000 horsepower (750 kW). Until recently. greater than about 10% volume at the pump intake. they are not very tolerant of solids such as sand. .New varieties of ESP can include a water/oil separator which permits the water to be reinjected into the reservoir without the need to lift it to the surface. ESPs had been highly costly to install due to the requirement of an electric cable downhole. Given their high rotational speed of up to 4000 rpm (67 Hz) and tight clearances.000 psi (34 MPa).

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