In 1954 a group of users and manufacturers of sucker rod pumping
equipment undertook a study in depth of the many complex problems
associated with this means of lifting fluid from a well. To control
and direct the effort, Sucker Rod Pumping Research, Incorporated, a
non-profit organization was created. The services of Midwest
Research Institute at Kansas City were retained to perform the work
necessary to achieve the objectives of the organization.
As a part of this project, more than 1100 polished rod
dynamometer cards were taken with the electronic analog simulator
at Midwest Research Institute. These were reorganized and presented
in catalog form as Summary Report Vol. II of II, January 1
– December 31, 1960, M.R.I. Project No. 2376-E.Sucker Rod Pumping
Research, Incorporated, before its dissolution, released this
catalog of cards to the American Petroleum Institute. It was
determined by the Committee on Standardization of Production
Equipment at the Midyear Standardization Conference and reported in
Circ PS-1382 dated August, 1969 that the catalog would be published
by the API Dallas office for the cost of reproduction.
Nomenclature is that used in API RP 11L: Recommended
Practice for Design Calculations for Sucker Rod Pumping
Systems. The cards were derived for many combinations of the
independent non-dimensional parameters Fo/Skr and N/N6. The cards
are published for information and reference.
A discussion of the information presented, including an
explanation of the numbers and material on the card sheets, may be
found in the following paragraphs. Suggestions for card use are
also given. This discussion is included through the courtesy of Mr.
M. H. Halderson, Phillips Petroleum Company.
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