Graduate Seminar: Progressing Cavity Pumps and ESPs - Concepts and Applications

Friday, September 06, 2013 from 03:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Please join us at 3:30 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2013 in Keplinger Hall, room #M8, for the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering's Graduate Seminar.  Ken Saveth, Senior Advisor - ESP Design at Borets, will lecture on "Progressing Cavity Pumps & Electric Submersible Pumps - Concepts & Application Envelope."


The key to being able to properly apply the various methods of artificial lift to a given set of well conditions is having a good understanding of the operational philosophies of the various artificial lift methods, their respective effective operating envelopes and their specific limitations. This can only happen when a solid understanding of each method is achieved.

My presentation will start by reviewing some of the basic technical principles of progressing cavity pumps (PCPs) and electric submersible pumps (ESPs). With the basics covered, I will review some of the operating envelopes for both methods and some of their limitations. If time allows, I can discuss some of the typical failure modes of both PCPs and ESPs.


Ken Savath is Senior Advisor, ESP Design at Borets in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering Technology at Oklahoma State University. Ken has 30+ years experience providing global technical support in the progressing cavity pump (PCI) industry, including 8 years of providing technical support in the electric submersible pump (ESP) industry. He is also experienced with forensics & root cause failure analysis and applications engineering in both the PCP and ESP industries.

Prof. Mengjiao Yu
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