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Wood Group Uses SolidWorks to Pack Durability and Performance into Submersible Pumps

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article image Wood Group ESP designs pumps for the petroleum and chemical industries using SolidWorks software

Wood Group ESP turned to SolidWorks 3D CAD and simulation software to design and test its pumps for top performance and durability while meeting tight production schedules.   

Oklahoma City-based Wood Group ESP manufactures electric submersible pumps (ESPs) and surface pumps for the petroleum and chemical industries.    

Wood Group units can pump anywhere from 90 to 95,000 barrels of oil, water or chemicals per day. A typical pump packs more than 300 parts into a form factor up to 40 feet long but only five inches in diameter.    

It is therefore important for the Wood Group to design a pump to pull oil out of a one mile-deep hole while resisting breakdowns from heat, pressure, friction and corrosion. Breakdowns can cost hundreds and thousands of dollars per day in expenses and lost revenue for pump operators.    

Wood Group ESP offers customised solutions to their clients with the company’s 45-person engineering team getting as little as five days to push new designs into production.    

SolidWorks CAD, simulation, and product data management software help the company conceptualise and produce new designs quickly, according to Bobby Taylor, manager, engineering services at Wood Group ESP.    

Taylor explains that they have more than 60,000 part numbers, and their job depends on their ability to pull models of various parts together and build an assembly quickly and accurately.    

Having all the components as 3D models in SolidWorks helps Wood Group create a new pump quickly because they simply have to modify existing models instead of starting from scratch.    

Wood Group’s engineers use SolidWorks solutions from the earliest conception of a design through simulation and production.    

SolidWorks CAD software enables the company’s engineering team to quickly design pumps to suit customers’ specific needs.    

Engineering to order is a critical facet of their business, according to Taylor and every pump configuration is a little different.    

SolidWorks helps the engineering team to create assembly drawings on the fly so that they can get them to the shop floor for quick production.     

Durability and reliability are Wood Group ESP’s biggest engineering challenges while designing pumps.    

Key challenges include the highly corrosive environments of wells filled with fluids that attack component surfaces as well as vibrations that can also cause failures.    

While the design staff assembles components using CAD design software, the R&D engineers run mechanical and hydraulic analyses with SolidWorks Simulation software to ensure they will perform as expected. The product simulations also help designers show customers and potential customers what Wood Group ESP is proposing to them.    

SolidWorks software additionally helps keep the customer’s losses to a minimum.    

SolidWorks solutions are available in Australia from Solidtec Solutions- SolidWorks 3D CAD .

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