Oil & Gas

MSI is deeply involved in the upstream and downstream ends of the oil and gas industry.  MSI specializes in resolving the most difficult vibration issues in the pumps, compressors, motors, valves, and actuators that are found throughout the industry from extraction to transportation to refining.  Our staff has extensive experience working in the demanding environments commons to the oil and gas business.

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Featured Case Study


Resolving Vertical Pump Lineshaft Failures

MSI was contracted by a major petrochemical company to determine the reasons for chronic lineshaft failures in some 100 foot (30 meter) long vertical pumps, in service on an offshore oil platform.   The natural frequencies predicted by the model, and their associated mode shapes, were to be evaluated for possible participation in the failures.

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Failure Analysis of Reciprocating Pump Valves

An offshore rig septuplex pump was experiencing chronic suction and discharge valve failures. A more robust valve design implemented by the manufacturer did not solve the problem. MSI engineers performed test stand and on-rig pulsation and vibration testing.

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Root Cause Analysis of Pump Rotor Failures

Impact testing was used to determine the reasons for three failures of a hydrocarbon cracking pump which was critical to a diesel fuel production process at a major California refinery. Each failure closed down or severely curtailed fuel production at the refinery, at an average cost of about $3/4 million per day.

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