Run life enlargement methodology for ball-and-seat check valves used in artificial lift pumping units

S. Zarea, L. Rojas-Solorzano, F. Kabboul

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Abstract

Experiments are performed to evaluate the leakage vs. pressure drop, wear and fluid properties, in ball-and-seat valves used in pumping units for artificial oil production. The test facility is constructed to evaluate the operation of several valve sizes, using water, oil and air, subjected to pressure drops up to 5000 psig. Results demonstrated that the currently accepted API vacuum test might be too severe and that more realistic tests may lead to substantial savings in valve replacements. Experimental results in dimensional and dimensionless form are presented, using a new similitude criterion.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLatin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
ISBN (Electronic)9781555633653, 9781555633653
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1999
EventLatin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference - Caracas, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Duration: Apr 21 1999Apr 23 1999

Publication series

NameSPE Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference Proceedings
Volume1999-January

Other

OtherLatin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference
CountryVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
CityCaracas
Period4/21/994/23/99

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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    Zarea, S., Rojas-Solorzano, L., & Kabboul, F. (1999). Run life enlargement methodology for ball-and-seat check valves used in artificial lift pumping units. In Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference (SPE Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference Proceedings; Vol. 1999-January). Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).