At last month’s Pump & Turbomachinery Symposia, Waukesha Bearings featured its new Hidrax HT thrust bearing for high-temperature electric submersible pumps (ESPs). The Hidrax HT tilt pad thrust bearing can sustain unit loads of 8 MPa (1160 psi) at oil bath temperatures up to 300°C (572°F).
In 2002, a leading oil and gas customer approached Waukesha Magnetic Bearings with the challenge of developing a bearing for a hermetically-sealed integral motor compressor. Availability and reliability were the customer’s primary objectives. The end user could achieve a significant capex savings on the installation if the motor compressor could be located outdoors, with no building or enclosure required.