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Energies 2018, 11(1), 132; doi:10.3390/en11010132

Study on the Effect of Reciprocating Pump Pipeline System Vibration on Oil Transportation Stations

School of Petroleum Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu 610500, China
Trenchless Technology Center, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 71270, USA
School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu 610500, China
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Received: 1 December 2017 / Revised: 17 December 2017 / Accepted: 2 January 2018 / Published: 5 January 2018


Due to the periodic movement of the piston in the reciprocating pump, the fluid will cause a pressure pulsation, and the resulting pipeline vibration may lead to instrument distortion, pipe failure and equipment damage. Therefore, it is necessary to study the vibration phenomena of reciprocating pump pipelines based on pressure pulsation theory. This paper starts from the reciprocating pump pipe pressure pulsation caused by a fluid, pressure pulsation in the pipeline and the unbalanced exciting force is calculated under the action of the reciprocating pump. Then, the numerical simulation model is established based on the pipe beam model, and the rationality of the numerical simulation method is verified by indoor experiments. Finally, a case study is taken as an example to analyze the vibration law of the pipeline system, and vibration reduction measures are proposed. The following main conclusions are drawn from the analysis: (1) unbalanced exciting forces are produced in the elbows or tee joints, and it can also influence the straight pipe to different levels; (2) in actual engineering, it should be possible to prevent the simultaneous settlement of multiple places; (3) the vibration amplitude increases with the pipe thermal stress, and when the oil temperature is higher than 85 °C, it had a greater influence on the vertical vibration amplitude of the pipe. View Full-Text
Keywords: reciprocating pump; oil transportation station; pipeline; vibration; pressure pulsation reciprocating pump; oil transportation station; pipeline; vibration; pressure pulsation

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Lu, H.; Wu, X.; Huang, K. Study on the Effect of Reciprocating Pump Pipeline System Vibration on Oil Transportation Stations. Energies 2018, 11, 132.

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