Downing Quick Connect System Speeds Wellhead Installation
In the oil wellhead market, conventional technology uses bolted flanges to fasten components of the wellhead, which is a time-consuming process. In their drive to bring new technology to the marketplace, Downing engineers wanted to develop a Quick Connect system so a worker could lower the connecting equipment on top of the wellhead and run screws around the periphery, eliminating the bolted flanges. The new design saves significant assembly time per flanged connection for batch drilling scenarios and servicing blowout preventors (BOP). The system has to withstand high pressures of up to 15,000 psi, in addition to multiple load cases, so mechanical simulation was critical to verify and validate the design.