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How engineering analysis and field run-life data can be coupled to predict the effects of wellbore curvature on ESP reliability

Thursday, February 13, 2020

C-FER’s Craig Radke is presenting at the 2020 SPE Symposium: ESP Journey to the Future.

During the presentation, Craig will discuss how wellbore trajectory, reserve recovery and productivity can be considered in combination to optimize ESP designs and improve the run-life of ESPs in horizontal wells.

The presentation includes a case study on how a combined physics-based and data-driven analysis approach was applied to ESP-lifted fields. Craig will explain how finite element analysis and field reliability data analysis methods were used to correlate the calculated housing stress and curvature of ESP components with the reliability of the ESP system.  

The presentation is titled, “Approach to predict the impact of wellbore trajectory on ESP reliability using coupled engineering models and field run-life data,” and will be presented on February 19, 2020 during Session 2: “Big Data and AI in ESP”.

Craig Radke is a Research Engineer in C-FER’s Software Products & Training department. He has 6 years of experience in ESP reliability analysis and research, including overseeing the ESP Reliability Information and Failure Tracking System (ESP-RIFTS) and ESP Reliability in High Curvature Wells industry consortia.



New release of C-FER’s ESPBend software now available

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Investigate the effects of wellbore curvature on ESP equipment deflection and reliability

C-FER Technologies is pleased to announce that ESPBend version 3.2.0 is now available for download. This new version includes the following additions:

  • Softlock option is now available
  • Improvements in the layout of the main window
  • Improvements in the layout and operation of the equipment system design view

Subscribe to ESPBend and gain ongoing access to the software Maintenance and Support Plan, and receive additional upgrades in the future.

About ESPBend

ESPBend helps companies investigate the effects of wellbore curvature on ESP equipment deflection and reliability. Users can perform detailed engineering stress and curvature analysis of complex wellbore trajectories and ESP assemblies.

Have a comment or suggestion?

If you see any issues with the program or have suggestions for new features that would enhance the software, please contact Craig Radke at