This paper was prepared for presentation at the SPE North American Artificial Lift Conference and Exhibition held in The Woodlands, Texas, USA, 25-27 October 2016.
Advanced computer simulations for pump stage design enable an efficient way to design and evaluate pump performance. Simulations also provide detailed structural behavior (e.g., stress, modal analysis), temperature analysis and performance at various flow regimens (multiphase flow). Finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can be coupled with multi-disciplinary design optimization (MDO) in pump stage design practice, becoming a more helpful tool than traditional trial-and-error approaches.
The prototype has demonstrated capabilities to pump above 75% GVF without gas locking.