Analysis of sucker rod and sinkerbar failures

John R. Waggoner, Rudy G. Buchheit

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This paper presents results from a study to analyze the performance and failures of the sucker rod/sinkerbar string used in beam-pumping operations through metallography, structural finite element analysis, and detailed failure data collection. Metallography has demonstrated that the microstructure of the steel bar stock needs to be considered to improve the fatigue resistance of the sucker rod strings. The current specification based on tensile strength, or yield strength, may not be appropriate since failure occurs because of fatigue and not yielding,and tensile strength is not always a good measure of fatigue resistance. Finite element analysis of the threaded connection identifies stress and fatigue concentrations and quantitatively assesses the performance and failure of coupling designs under a variety of loading conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-135
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of the Annual Southwestern Petroleum Short Course
StatePublished - 1993
EventProceedings for the 40th Annual Southwestern Petroleum Short Course - Lubbock, TX, USA
Duration: Apr 21 1993Apr 22 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geology


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