How does the technology work?
Both the Low Shear pump and the Coalescing pump are multistage centrifugal pumps with high hydraulic efficiency. The number of stages and the configuration of the individual stages are designed to control shear forces and to provide an optimal beneficial effect on the pumped media. The new pumps especially target produced water applications.
Are both pump types low shear?
Yes, both the Low Shear and the Coalescing Pump are low shear pump types. The added advantage of the Coalescing pump is the coalescing effect which requires a physically larger pump.
The pumps are mainly developed for produced water applications but will provide beneficial effects also when used on reject streams, slop water and drain water in petroleum processing facilities.
What are the application areas for the pumps?
What are the benefits compared to positive displacement pumps?
Typhonix pumps are built in accordance to API 610 and therefore have a significantly lower OPEX due to reduced maintenance load and high MTBF compared to positive displacement pumps. Additionally there is normally no requirement for closed outlet protection, simplifying the pumping system and reducing CAPEX and OPEX.
Is there a requirement for specific fluid composition to enable coalescence?
The droplet growth of the Coalescing pump is based on collisions between oil droplets. The coalescing effect is therefore proportional to the concentration of oil in water (at a given droplet size) and inversely proportional to droplet size (at a given oil concentration). The coalescing effect of the pump increases with increasing oil concentration and reducing oil droplet size. Generally this means that the pump works better the more difficult the water is.
Are the pumps built in accordance with API 610?
Yes, the pumps are built in accordance with API610 by a certified manufacturer in Germany.
What is the difference between the Low Shear and the Coalescing pump?
The Low Shear pump is designed to control droplet breaking while the Coalescing Pump is designed to increase droplet size while pumping produced water. The Low Shear pump has a smaller footprint than the Coalescing pump. When designing Low Shear and Coalescing pumps optimally, information about oil type, oil concentration and expected oil droplet size in the pump inlet are all valuable information.
What seal systems can be used?
Seal systems are supplied in accordance to client specification. API 682 seal systems from various manufacturers can be supplied.