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1. (WO2018185488) MODULAR LABYRINTH SEAL SYSTEM USABLE WITH ELECTRIC SUBMERSIBLE PUMPS

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/185488    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2018/050915
Publication Date: Fri Oct 12 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Apr 06 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: E21B 43/12
F04D 13/08
F04D 13/10
F04D 29/08
F04D 29/58
Applicants: ZILIFT HOLDINGS LIMITED
Inventors: MACIVER, Ivor
GREENFIELD, Richard
Title: MODULAR LABYRINTH SEAL SYSTEM USABLE WITH ELECTRIC SUBMERSIBLE PUMPS
Abstract:
A labyrinth section for a submersible pump includes an outer housing having a coupling sealingly engaged at each longitudinal end of the outer housing. An inner tube is sealingly engaged at each end to one of the couplings to define a sealed annular space. A plurality of labyrinth tube sections are disposed in the annular space, each comprising labyrinth tubes engaged with end plates. A plurality of the labyrinth tube sections enable movement of fluid through the labyrinth tubes, spaces external to the labyrinth tubes and between the end plates to fill the annular space. One of the labyrinth tube sections constrains fluid to move only within the labyrinth tubes and wherein the inner tube between the end plates of the one of the labyrinth tubes comprises a fluid port into an interior of the inner tube.