Patent Number: 8,070,426

Title: System, method and apparatus for open impeller and diffuser assembly for multi-stage submersible pump

Abstract: A multi-stage submersible pump uses impellers having only one shroud to provide stages with shorter stack lengths to allow more stages per housing and more head pressure per housing. The impellers are biased with wave springs to keep the rotating impeller vanes close to the mating diffusers. The entire stack of impellers is assembled in contact with each other using the wave springs and are always under axial load. The wave springs also take up any tolerance variations in the stack to keep the impellers in proper running position. To keep the impellers in their proper locations, thrust washers formed from hard materials are used between adjacent impellers to avoid erosion thereof.

Inventors: Brunner; Christopher Marvin (Owasso, OK), Ives; Jason B. (Broken Arrow, OK)

Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated

International Classification: F01D 11/14 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2020-12-06 0:00:00