Four new machines to aid oil extraction

Jun 16, 2014

The Center for Engineering and Industrial Development (CIDESI), located in Mexico, designed "tailored suits" for the oil industry. These are various machines that are used in the oil extraction processes and are essential to achieve a final product quality.

The tools developed by this center, which is part of the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt), are used in the with which oil is extracted, for example. These tubes have a PIN side and a BOX side; the former has an external thread that requires an oil coating to inhibit moisture, so researchers at CIDESI designed a machine to apply the substance.

The machines designed are four: one that applies oil, another applies grease, a third one tightens the protector, and the last is in conceptual design and will grease the BOX side.

Jose Luis Gonzalez, who participated in the realization of the machines, said that these are necessary for ; applying oil is important because the substance has the function to inhibit the moisture in the threads of the pin of the tube, and the machine that applies grease is needed to prevent corrosion.

"One of the problems faced frequently in the is that the tubes were returned because the threads were damaged by the management itself. Then these machines were requested, and we began to make custom suits, "says González.

Six years ago, CIDESI designed the first machines for the company. Now, they were approached again with their problems for manually applying grease and oil in the tubes.

The tubes have a length of about nine to 12 meters, with a diameter of 2 inches and 3/8 to 9 inches, and are seamless tubes, especially made for the oil industry.

These tubes work like straws, assembled together, and they get inside the oil wells to reach the oil strata.

The engineer explains that a company in the field manufactures the tubes, and CIDESI placed the protectors and the machines that apply and grease, so they reach the platform in good condition and with the best quality.

The protector is like a hard plastic plug that enters both PIN and BOX soides, and protects the threads that measure from 2 inches to 3/8 to 9 inches, with a length of about 150 mm.

In the design of these machines four engineers and two students at CIDESI were involved.

Explore further: NASA maps beach tar from California oil pipeline spill

Related Stories

Fundamental research improves oil extraction efficiency

May 23, 2014

We are currently successful in extracting approximately one third of the oil from oil fields. The reason for this low figure is that a large proportion of the oil remains trapped in the rock. It was already ...

First 'microsubmarines' designed to help clean up oil spills

May 02, 2012

Scientists are reporting development and successful testing of the first self-propelled "microsubmarines" designed to pick up droplets of oil from contaminated waters and transport them to collection facilities. The report ...

Oil dispersants not as harmful to marine life as predicted

Dec 04, 2013

The chemical dispersant used to counteract the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 may not be as harmful to fish as first thought, says new research from Queen's professor Peter Hodson and his team of ...

Recommended for you

Gimmicks and technology: California learns to save water

5 hours ago

Billboards and TV commercials, living room visits, guess-your-water-use booths, and awards for water stinginess—a wealthy swath of Orange County that once had one of the worst records for water conservation ...

Cities, regions call for 'robust' world climate pact

5 hours ago

Thousands of cities, provinces and states from around the world urged national governments on Thursday to deliver a "robust, binding, equitable and universal" planet-saving climate pact in December.

Will climate change put mussels off the menu?

6 hours ago

Climate change models predict that sea temperatures will rise significantly, including in the tropics. In these areas, rainfall is also predicted to increase, reducing the salt concentration of the surface ...

As nations dither, cities pick up climate slack

17 hours ago

Their national governments hamstrung by domestic politics, stretched budgets and diplomatic inertia, many cities and provinces have taken a leading role—driven by necessity—in efforts to arrest galloping ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.