"The mechanical dynamometer is recognized as being a valuable tool in measuring resultant forces acting on the polished rod of an oil well pump. The dynamometer is used extensively to determine loads, torque, and horsepower. "It is also used to determine pump action and trouble-shoot for any seemingly abnormal pumping condition."
Although it is desirous to periodically make dynamometer studies, it is also very time consuming. Because of high labor costs, it has been almost discontinued by many companies. The author became convinced that a less costly method of obtaining the same information could be developed. This method was the use of electrical resistance strain gages and a recording oscillograph.
In order to compare the two methods, a study was made of the dynamometer and its operation. Following this study, several tests using both the dynamometer and the oscillograph were made on the simulated well, M.S.M. No. 1. Finally, a test was made on an actual producing well in Illinois, Texas Company's Teatman No. 1. The remaining part of the thesis contains: The Selection of Proper Equipment; The Development of Operational Procedure; The Laboratory Testing; The Field Testing; and the Conclusion"--Introduction, pages 1-2.
Govier, John P., 1913-1998
M.S. in Mining Engineering
Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy
iv, 60 pages
© 1958 Jerry Bernard Overton, All rights reserved.
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Overton, Jerry Bernard, "The development of a device to replace the oil well dynamometer" (1958). Masters Theses. 2542.