Screw pumps have been widely used in many oilfields to lift the oil from wellbore to ground. The pump failure and delayed repair means well shut and production loss. A deep learning model is constructed to quickly identify the working status and accurately diagnose the failure types of the screw pumps, which can help the workers always get the information and give a fast repair.

Firstly, running parameters of the screw pump, such as electric current, voltage, and instantaneous rate of flow, are obtained through the Real-time Data Acquisition System. Then the correlations between values or trends of those parameters and working status of the screw pump are calculated or analyzed. Results show that there is a good correlation between the current characteristics and various working status of screw pump. Current data at different times are expressed in polar coordinates, with the polar diameter representing the current value and the polar angle representing the time. The current-time curves of massive oil wells are then plotted in images with fixed resolution and divided into nine different groups to correspond to nine frequent working status of screw pump. A convolutional neural network (CNN) model is initialized, with the current-time curve as its input and the number codes representing working status as its output. Images mentioned above are used to train the CNN model, and the model parameters, such as the number of convolution layers, the size of convolution kernels and the activation function are optimized to minimize the training losses, which are the differences between the output codes and the right codes corresponding to the images.

Finally, a robust CNN model is established, which can quickly and accurately judge the working state of the screw pump through electric current data. Based on this model, a software system connected with the oilfield database is developed, which can obtain the running parameters of the screw pumps in real time, identify their working states, judge the fault types of the abnormal situations, give alarms, and put forward solution suggestions. The system has now been widely used in Shengli Oilfield, which can help staff know the working conditions and fault types of abnormal wells in real time, speed up the maintenance progress, shorten the pump shutdown time and improve the production.

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