Research, design and develop a pipe latching/unlatching device that can be used to help automate the pipe tripping process

Sullivan, Steven Michael (2007) Research, design and develop a pipe latching/unlatching device that can be used to help automate the pipe tripping process. [USQ Project]


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[Abstract]: The Oil and Gas Well Service industry is a highly competitive industry in Australia and around the world and there is a growing need to make advancements in the way of technology. One of the biggest technological advances that this industry could make would be to semi-automate the process of pulling and running tubing. This would have many benefits such as increased safety for rig personnel and decreased time needed to service a well.

The aim of this project was to research, design and develop a pipe latching/unlatching device that can be used to help automate the pulling and running of tubing process that is currently in use on rigs. To achieve this objective, analysis of existing designs on the market was conducted to gain an appreciation of pipe latching/unlatching devices and to evaluate their capability. There was not a lot of information to be found in this area but what was found assisted in conceptualising designs. The viability of the conceptual
designs was investigated and a cost analysis of each design was conducted. The optimal design was chosen based on the requirements of Easternwell and the effectiveness and cost of each system. The details of the design, component selection and operation of the system were examined and preliminary finite element analysis (FEA) was carried out on the device. Recommendations for possible modifications were made by the author after consultation with professional engineers.

The prototype design that was chosen will meet all of the requirements and outlines set by the Easternwell Group. Once developed, it will make the well servicing process a safer and more efficient operation for rig personnel. Due to time and resource constraints, prototype construction and testing has been put on hold for the next six months.
However, further design considerations have been outlined and will be undertaken by the author during the six month period in order for the prototype construction to run

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2008 01:52
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: pipe; pipe tripping; pipe latching; tubing; Easternwell Group; oil well; gas well
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0914 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy > 091406 Petroleum and Reservoir Engineering
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4019 Resources engineering and extractive metallurgy > 401907 Petroleum and reservoir engineering
40 ENGINEERING > 4017 Mechanical engineering > 401799 Mechanical engineering not elsewhere classified

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