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United States Patent Application

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A submersible pumping system for downhole use in extracting fluids containing hydrocarbons from a well. In one embodiment, the pumping system comprises a rotary induction motor, a motor casing, one or more pump stages, and a cooling system. The rotary induction motor rotates a shaft about a longitudinal axis of rotation. The motor casing houses the rotary induction motor such that the rotary induction motor is held in fluid isolation from the fluid being extracted. The pump stages are attached to the shaft outside of the motor casing, and are configured to impart fluid being extracted from the well with an increased pressure. The cooling system is disposed at least partially within the motor casing, and transfers heat generated by operation of the rotary induction motor out of the motor casing.
Hunt, Daniel Francis Alan (Houston, TX), Prenger, F. Coyne (Boulder, CO), Hill, Dallas D. (Los Alamos, NM), Jankowski, Todd Andrew (Los Alamos, CA)
Los Alamos National Security (Los Alamos NM), Chevron U.S.A., Inc. (San Ramon CA)
14/ 168,555
January 30, 2014
U.S. GOVERNMENT RIGHTS [0001] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention. This application is a continuation of U.S. application Ser. No. 12/111,926, filed Apr. 29, 2008, the entire contents of which are incorporated herein by reference.