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Haiwen Zhu

 

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Founded in May 1983 by Dr. Zelimir Schmidt, the Tulsa University Artificial Lift Projects (TUALP) is a cooperative industry-university consortium to conduct research on artificial lift technologies and strategies for petroleum production. Our primary objective is to provide our members with experimental results and theoretical analyses on the performances of various artificial lift methods, and useful tools for artificial lift applications and production optimization. Through different research projects, our graduate students are also equipped with up-to-date technical knowledge and skills so they can be productive in a research and development or technical service position.

 

North Campus TUALP news: 

TUALP Haiwen Zhu, PhD candidate reports on the progress of the ESP Sand Erosion “Slurry Loop” Project presently underway on TU north campus. The scope of this project is to construct a test flow loop to develop a new mechanistic multiphase ESP erosion model, which will be improved and verified by experimental data and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations. 
Objectives for this research include:

  • ESP multiphase erosion test facility design and construction
  • Testing on fluid, rotation speed, geometry effect and pump performance
  • CFD simulation of particle trajectory and erosion rate
  • Mechanistic ESP two-body and empirical three-body wear erosion models

                   

Zhu reports the completion of both the Pump Skid which he designed (pictured above), and the Separator cleaning and modification.  Presently he is working on the Main Flow Loop and Data Acquisition System, to be followed by Circuit Connection, Testing Program, CFD Simulations, and Modeling. We will continue to report updates on this project.

 

 

 

 

 

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Last updated 4/25/2017