SKF helps oil and gas producers design for optimal service life

The problem

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A major oil and gas producer began a multi-year development project to produce from reserves located several thousand meters below the sea. Because it would cost over $1 million per event to raise equipment from the sea floor for repairs, achieving increased service life through optimized design was key.

The engineering team identified the traditional pump and motor bearings as one of the run-limiting components. Looking for an innovative solution that could be deployed with a high degree of confidence, the company contacted SKF.

The SKF solution

Drawing on our long experience in advanced simulation of rotating equipment, SKF engineering consultants modelled the application in our proprietary software and simulated the use of various materials for the bearing rolling elements, cages and races. 

The result

Using various high-end materials for the rolling elements, matched with special alloy steels for the races, SKF configured a bearing assembly that would achieve a maximized operating interval under the demanding conditions. By simulating the application and the operating parameters provided by the oil and gas producer, SKF lent confidence that the new bearing design would meet or exceed the required service life.
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