Applications for Oil, Metal, Mining and More
Disc pumps thrive in the severe applications found in the oil, metal, and mining industries. The open design and smooth pulsation-free operation makes handling viscous slurries and highly abrasive solids manageable. The pump can move viscous oils and handle sand mixes, drilling mud, ore sludge, and steel slag, with minimal wear to the pump and virtually zero breakdown. The Disc pump is very valuable in the oil industry because it can pump oil and water emulsions without emulsifying the fluid, this saves in separation costs down-line.
Shell oil in California has used Discflo pumps since 1987 to pump crude oil. They call it the "magic pump," because with Discflo, there is no emulsification and more oil ends up in the storage tank. The productivity of the Discflo is impossible to achieve with conventional pumps.
This "magic pump" has solved a big problem inherent in all oil field pumping applications - the pumping of three-phase flow.
When oil comes from the ground, it is a mixture of oil, water, and gas, mixed with sand, mud, and rock. Most pumps can handle the oil with a little sand and mud. Some pumps can handle the oil and water with more sand and mud. But only the non-impingement, laminar-flow pumping of a Disc pump can keep the gases entrained and moving through the pump as a solid mass along with the oil is eliminated.
Disc pumps deliver significant advantages - higher product yields, lower processing costs, and dependable pumping with little or no maintenance. With Disc flow, the savings are tremendous. There's no other logical choice for pumping three-phase flow.
Transferring filter cake slurry to disposal containers was difficult and expensive for a processor in Texas. The slurry was sometimes the consistency of peanut butter. Other times, the steam condensate would not mix, resulting in a two-phase fluid.
Pump failures occurred once or twice a week, costing hundreds of dollars each time in parts and labor. Four or five hours of production time was lost. They were persuaded to try the Disc pump and have never looked back.
The savings in maintenance alone is well over $50,000 a year. The Discflo pumps paid for themselves in the first three months of operation.
A Track Record of Success
For over two decades, Discflo pumps have been bringing new solutions, more efficient alternatives, and new economy to difficult pumping applications. The success of the Discflo pump can be found throughout the world in all types of industries.
Disc pumps have a record of success in these and other industries and applications.
Metal industry: Steel slag, quench water, metal powder slurries, acid re circulation.
Mining and mine de watering: Drilling mud, graphite mine tailings, chalk, diamond mining.
Ceramic, glass and stone: Rock slurries, fiberglass, ceramic slurries etc.
Pharmaceutical industry: Living cells, plankton, bacteria, whole blood, catalyst solutions.
Agriculture: High solids agricultural slurries and sludges with varying solids sizes.
Utilities: All types of viscous, abrasive and corrosive fluids in power and utility plants.
Hazardous materials: Nuclear waste, organic and inorganic waste sludge.
Shear sensitive chemicals: Polymer emulsions, latex, crystals, dilatant and thixotropic fluids.
Viscous fluids: Waste sludge, tank bottoms, black beauty, paint skins, oil sludge, asphalt.
Abrasive fluids: Borax, drilling mud, sand slurries with up to 80% solids, crystal slurries.
Air or gas-entrained fluids: Crude oil, chemical froths, DAF sludge.
High temperature or pressure processes: Disc API pumps are designed and manufactured to API-610,8th Edition.