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Rod Pumping System Design Course Content

  1. Instructor & attendee introductions
  • Lay out course objectives, key issues, what each attendee is looking to get out of the class
  1. Fundamentals
  • Fluid levels impact on system design
  • Review of Gas Handling in Rod Pumping applications
  • Rod Pumping optimization in design & operation
  1. Rod Pumping System Design w/ RODSTAR
  • Defaults
    • Buoyancy calculations
    • Rod Guides
    • Sinker Bars
    • Max Loading and Service Factors
  • Output options
    • Selecting output pages & options
  • Well & Production information
    • Pump efficiencies
    • Tubing / Casing pressures
    • Fluid level information
    • Pump Intake Pressures
    • Pumping Speeds
    • Using IPR data to calculate production
  • Pump & Tubing Inputs
    • Tubing Inputs & TAC recommendations
    • Pump types, slippage, friction inputs
  • Rod String selection & inputs
    • Steel vs. Fiberglass vs. Coiled
    • Sinker bar rules of thumb
    • Bottom Minimum Stress scores
    • Derating service factors
    • Friction coefficients
    • Guide placement
  • Deviation Profiles
  • Pumping Unit Inputs
    • Pumping Unit selection
    • XBAL run through
    • Crank rotations
    • Counterbalance options
    • Crank pinhole selection
    • Motor information
  1. Group design exercises with operator-specific well types / conditions
  • 1 Vertical Design
  • Multiple Horizontal & Deviated Designs
  1. Individual design exercises with-operator specific well types / conditions
  • Design competitions