Simulation and Testing of the Hydraulic Performance of the Sliding Vane Pump
- Yanlong Zhao (China University of Petroleum, Beijing) | Zhiming Wang (China University of Petroleum, Beijing) | Liang Xue (China University of Petroleum, Beijing) | Lixin Zhang (PetroChina Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration & Development) | Zhongxian Hao (PetroChina Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration & Development)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Production & Operations
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- February 2016
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- Journal Paper
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- 2016.Society of Petroleum Engineers
- numerical simulation, laboratory experiment, sliding vane pump, working principle
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A new all-metal sliding-vane pump (SVP) and matching lift system were developed as an alternative to the low efficiency and poor high-temperature performance of conventional artificial-lift systems. Numerical simulation and laboratory tests were used to conduct a comparative study of the hydraulic performance of the pump. The effects of pump-lifting-pressure difference and rotational speed on pump rate and efficiency were studied. The test results showed that, if the rotation speed is fixed, the pump rate and efficiency will decrease with an increase in required pressure difference. With a constant pressure difference, the flow rate can be controlled by varying the pump speed.
On the basis of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite-element-method (FEM) numerical simulation, a numerical model of the SVP was created. The pressure and fluid-flow distribution in the vane pump were determined under zero pump-pressure-difference condition, which helped realize the working principles of the pump. The simulation results agreed well with the test results, thus validating the reliability of the numerical models in this paper.
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