Drilling rate at the technical limit.Abstract
Recorded drilling times may show significant variations from one well to another even for the same total drilling depth, in the same field. Apart from the formation properties, drilling engineers' technical ability plays a significant role in required drilling time. Comparison of drilling performance with respect to previously drilled drilling records is a common technique applied to assess if there is any need for an improvement.
A graphical technique, known as 'learning curve analysis', is widely applied for performance evaluation Performance evaluation
The assessment of a manager's results, which involves, first, determining whether the money manager added value by outperforming the established benchmark (performance measurement) and, second, determining how the money manager achieved the calculated return . This approach has two major drawbacks. One, there may not be adequate number of drilled wells to make a healthy comparison. This is often the case in a newly developed field. Two, past drilling practices could be performed with bad engineering practices. In such a case, comparison of a given drilling performance with respect to bad engineering practices does not necessarily prove that the current practice represents a good performance. This is usually the case where previously drilled wells were carried out by inexperienced in·ex·pe·ri·ence
1. Lack of experience.
2. Lack of the knowledge gained from experience.
in drillers and/or with old drilling technology.
In this paper, a different approach is introduced to assess drilling performance, and to alleviate Alleviate
To make something easier to be endured.
Mentioned in: Kinesiology, Applied the problems of learning curve analysis. The new approach suggests that the drilling rate is compared with a newly introduced parameter (1) Any value passed to a program by the user or by another program in order to customize the program for a particular purpose. A parameter may be anything; for example, a file name, a coordinate, a range of values, a money amount or a code of some kind. , called as drilling rate technical limit. It will be defined as the maximum achievable drilling rate without risking drilling safety. This method is superior to learning curve analysis because; one, it does not depend on the previous drilling records, two, it aims to drill a well at the fastest rate possible without jeopardizing the safety of drilling operation. It has a couple of disadvantages; one, the proposed method can only compare the drilling rates, two, it is laborious la·bo·ri·ous
1. Marked by or requiring long, hard work: spent many laborious hours on the project.
2. Hard-working; industrious. .
The new method calls for the assessment of the operational values that will maximize the drilling rate. Afterwards af·ter·ward also af·ter·wards
At a later time; subsequently.
afterwards or afterward
later [Old English æfterweard]
Adv. 1. , it requires the quantification quan·ti·fy
tr.v. quan·ti·fied, quan·ti·fy·ing, quan·ti·fies
1. To determine or express the quantity of.
2. of drilling rate by one of the popular penetration rate models. This paper explains how to assess the most favorable fa·vor·a·ble
1. Advantageous; helpful: favorable winds.
2. Encouraging; propitious: a favorable diagnosis.
3. values of key drilling parameters, so that the drilling rate can be maximized. This calls for the simultaneous consideration of drilling parameters' mathematical relationship with potential failures, as well as their mathematical relationship with the drilling rate
The rate of drilling can be improved for a given field until it reaches its technical limit. This is the maximum achievable drilling rate (DR) without jeopardizing drilling safety. The drilling rate technical limit (DRTL DRTL Dial Repeating Tie Line ) can only be achieved by carefully selecting all critical drilling parameters, which influences DR.
Several variables affect DR [1-4]. Some of these variables are formation properties, and nothing practical can be done to alter them favorably fa·vor·a·ble
1. Advantageous; helpful: favorable winds.
2. Encouraging; propitious: a favorable diagnosis.
3. . Formation properties such as; pore pore (por) a small opening or empty space.
alveolar pores openings between adjacent pulmonary alveoli that permit passage of air from one to another. pressure, compaction, in-situ stresses and mineral content are among the uncontrollable drilling variables. On the other hand, several drilling variables, when selected carefully, the rate of drilling improves significantly. Mud weight (MW), weight on bit (WOB WOB Wolfsburg (Germany)
WOB Wet Openbaarheid Van Bestuur
WOB Work of Breathing
WOB Weight On Bit (Oil Industry)
WOB Woman-Owned Business
WOB Waste Of Bandwidth (slang) ), rotary Rotary can refer to:
Mathematical Relationships Between Drilling Rate And Controllable Drilling Variables
It has long been observed that the DR generally increases with increasing Q , WOB , RPM  and fractional fractional
size expressed as a relative part of a unit.
fractional catabolic rate
the percentage of an available pool of body component, e.g. protein, iron, which is replaced, transferred or lost per unit of time. bit tooth height. On the other hand, it decreases with increasing drilling fluid Noun 1. drilling fluid - a mixture of clays and chemicals and water; pumped down the drill pipe to lubricate and cool the drilling bit and to flush out the cuttings and to strengthen the sides of the hole
drilling mud viscosity and MW [7-11]. Some of these variables may have significant effects on DR whereas others may have marginal effects.
Several authors have proposed mathematical relationships of DR with major drilling variables for rolling cutter cutter, small, one-masted sailing vessel, with a rig similar to that of a sloop except that it usually has a sliding bowsprit and a topmast. From 1800 to 1830 cutters were in service between England and France. bits [12-15]. Among them perhaps, the most complete mathematical drilling model being used is Bourgoyne and Young's model [21, 22].
DR = [f.sub.1] [f.sub.2] [f.sub.3] [f.sub.4] [f.sub.5] [f.sub.6] [f.sub.7] [f.sub.8] (1)
In the above equation the functions [f.sub.1] through [f.sub.3] represent the effect of uncontrollable drilling variables on DR. Drilling performance cannot be improved practically by modifying them. Among these functions, the function f1 represents the formation strength. The functions [f.sub.2] and [f.sub.3] model the effect of compaction on penetration rate. For example, the function [f.sub.2] accounts for the rock strength increase due to normal compaction with depth, and the function [f.sub.3] models the effect of undercompaction experienced in abnormally pressured formations .
The functions [f.sub.4] through [f.sub.8] represent the effect of controllable drilling variables on the DR. For example, the function [f.sub.4] models the effect of overbalance o·ver·bal·ance
v. o·ver·bal·anced, o·ver·bal·anc·ing, o·ver·bal·anc·es
1. To have greater weight or importance than.
2. To throw off balance.
v.intr. on the DR [21-22].
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v. re·pro·duced, re·pro·duc·ing, re·pro·duc·es
1. To produce a counterpart, image, or copy of.
2. Biology To generate (offspring) by sexual or asexual means. IN ASCII ASCII or American Standard Code for Information Interchange, a set of codes used to represent letters, numbers, a few symbols, and control characters. Originally designed for teletype operations, it has found wide application in computers. ] (2)
To graphically demonstrate the effect of MW on DR, Eq. 2 was substituted in Eq. 1, and DR in Eq. 1 was solved for the data given in Table 1. Note that, all the other controllable variables are kept constant while MW was changed.
Fig. 1 indicates that DR is 20 ft/hr at MW=12 ppg. If MW is increased to 13 ppg, the DR is cut down to 9 ft/hr. This is a reduction of more than 50%. Therefore, from the standpoint The Standpoint is a newspaper published in the British Virgin Islands. It was originally published under the name Pennysaver, largely as a shopping-coupon promotional newspaper, but since emerged as one of the most influential sources of journalism in the of DR, it is important to select MW as light as possible. Hence, it is crucial to determine the minimum MW, which will not lead to any other drilling problem.
In Eq. 1, the functions f5 and f6 model the effects of WOB and RPM on the DR [21-22].
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WOB vs. DR diagram diagram /di·a·gram/ (di´ah-gram) a graphic representation, in simplest form, of an object or concept, made up of lines and lacking pictorial elements. (Fig. 2) can be produced similarly, by substituting Eq. 3 in Eq. 1, and solving for DR from the resulting equation. Again, the data in Table 1 is used to produce Fig. 2, however, in this particular case, while changing WOB, the following variables were kept constant: RPM, [F.sub.j], h, MW.
RPM vs. DR diagram (Fig. 3) is produced similarly, by substituting Eq. 4 in Eq.1, and by solving the resulting equation for DR. In this case, however, DR data is calculated at different values of RPM by keeping all other variables constant, such as; WOB, [F.sub.j], h, MW. As expected, Fig. 2 & 3 indicate that DR increases with increasing WOB and RPM. Therefore, it is important to determine the maximum allowable values of WOB and RPM for a given borehole bore·hole
A hole that is drilled into the earth, as in exploratory well drilling or in building construction. condition and tubular tubular /tu·bu·lar/ (too´bu-lar)
1. shaped like a tube.
2. of or pertaining to a tubule.
1. pertaining to renal tubules.
2. pertaining to fallopian tube. configuration.
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In general, the DR increases with increased bit hydraulics hydraulics, branch of engineering concerned mainly with moving liquids. The term is applied commonly to the study of the mechanical properties of water, other liquids, and even gases when the effects of compressibility are small. and Q. However, once the bottom of the hole beneath the drill bit is efficiently cleaned off cuttings, a further increase in the Q (and/or [F.sub.j]) is just a waste.
The function f8 models the effect of bit hydraulics on DR [21-22].
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The Q relates to [F.sub.j] with the following equation:
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The DR for a given Q can be calculated as following. [F.sub.j] is calculated from Eq. 6 for a given Q. Then, calculated [F.sub.j] is substituted in Eq. 5 to determine function [f.sub.8], which in turn, is substituted in Eq. 1 to determine the DR.
Fig. 4 illustrates the relationship between the Q and the DR. As mentioned before, note that once an efficient cleaning is achieved at the bottom of the bit, a further increase in Q will not improve DR more. This is illustrated in Fig. 4 with two separate curves, which correspond to two separate 'recommended impact force per square inch of bottom hole area' values. These are 9 and 12 lbf/[in.sup.2] respectively. The lower curve indicates that the effective bottom hole cleaning can be achieved at 130 gal/min which corresponds to [F.sub.j]=9 lbf/[in.sup.2], and the upper curve indicates that the effective bottom hole cleaning can be reached at about 150 gal/min, which corresponds to [F.sub.J]=12 lbf/[in.sup.2]. Note that, Eq. 6 can be used to determine the required Q for a given 'recommended impact force per square inch of bottom hole area.' This data is obtained either, in the laboratory with the laboratory tests, or at the field with drill off test.
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The function [f.sub.7] models the effect of tooth wear (h) on the DR [21-22].
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By substituting [f.sub.7] into Eq. 1 and using data in Table 1, DR was calculated and plotted as in Fig. 5 for h values ranging from h=0/8th (for a new bit tooth) to h=8/[8th (fully worn out bit tooth). As expected and illustrated in Fig. 5, DR is inversely proportional See
See also: Inversely with the value of h.
Drilling Rate Technical Limit
Generally speaking, if lighter MW, heavier WOB, faster RPM and higher Q are used, the expected outcome is faster DR. Fig. 7, generated by using Eq. 1 and the data in Table 1, demonstrates this fact graphically. Fig. 7 indicates that the DR of 22 ft per hr can be reached if controllable drilling parameters are selected as given under the upper must line. However, it does not mean that the maximum achievable DR is 22 ft per hr. It just demonstrates how DR improves as critical drilling parameters changes favorably. Obviously, if the MW is reduced below 12 ppg, the WOB is increased above 40K lbf, and the RPM is increased more than 100, the new DR line on the same diagram will fall above the upper most line. It is important to note that, once the Q reaches to 200 gal per min, the DR does not increase anymore with increasing Q, as this value corresponds to recommended impact force of 9 lb per square inch of bottom hole area which is needed for an effective cleaning of hole beneath the rock bit.
Now to assess the maximum achievable DR, which can also be called as the drilling rate technical limit (DRTL), following questions must be answered. These are:
1. What is the minimum acceptable MW?
2. What is the maximum acceptable WOB and RPM?
3. What is the maximum recommended Q?
4. What will be the drilling rate or DRTL, if drilling parameters are set as above values?
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Assessing Controllable Drilling Variables to Reach Drtl
Practicing engineers can improve their drilling efficiency significantly by carefully selecting controllable drilling variables. However, these variables cannot be selected solely based on DR without considering its consequence on the safety of drilling operation.
For a given drilling case, there exists an upper and a lower practical limit of each controllable drilling variable. These limits can be determined by selecting the controllable drilling variables at their most favorable values that will not cause any potential failure. This calls for the prediction of potential failure, as well as its mathematical relationship with the appropriate drilling variable.
The following drilling variables will be investigated; MW, WOB, RPM and Q
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It has been stated that the drilling fluid is probably the most important variable to be considered in drilling optimization optimization
Field of applied mathematics whose principles and methods are used to solve quantitative problems in disciplines including physics, biology, engineering, and economics. and hydraulics is the second . Drilling fluid density or MW has a considerable effect on the DR. It is one of the variables inversely proportional to the DR. It has been observed that the DR generally increases with decreasing equivalent circulating cir·cu·late
v. cir·cu·lat·ed, cir·cu·lat·ing, cir·cu·lates
1. To move in or flow through a circle or circuit: blood circulating through the body.
2. density (ECD ECD Early Childhood Development
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So, what is the minimum MW so that drilling operation is no in danger? The answer to this question can be obtained by investigating the possible problems that can be anticipated due to insufficient MW. The following two drilling problems may arise because of insufficient MW:
1. Formation fluids may flow into the borehole (kick),
2. The borehole may collapse (formation instability).
These two problems usually appear at two different MWs. Therefore, the lowest acceptable drilling fluid density is going to be the higher one of the two values. This ensures that both problems do not show up during drilling.
While drilling a permeable permeable /per·me·a·ble/ (per´me-ah-b'l) not impassable; pervious; permitting passage of a substance.
That can be permeated or penetrated, especially by liquids or gases. formation, formation fluids may flow into the borehole if the drilling mud Noun 1. drilling mud - a mixture of clays and chemicals and water; pumped down the drill pipe to lubricate and cool the drilling bit and to flush out the cuttings and to strengthen the sides of the hole
drilling fluid hydrostatic pressure hydrostatic pressure
The pressure exerted by a fluid at equilibrium at a given point within the fluid, due to the force of gravity. Hydrostatic pressure increases in proportion to depth measured from the surface because of the increasing weight of fluid falls below the formation fluid pressure. In such a case, the lower limit of drilling fluid density is selected in a way that the hydrostatic pressure of the mud column is slightly higher that the formation fluid pressure (about 150 psi PSI - Portable Scheme Interpreter ). Therefore, the lower limit of formation fluid density, MW, is determined simply by:
MW = [P.sub.f] + 150/0.052 D (8)
Formation breakdown or formation compressive com·pres·sive
Serving to or able to compress.
com·pressive·ly adv. failure is a type of the borehole instability, which emerges when insufficient mud weight is in use during the drilling of sensitive formations [17-18]. To determine whether compressive failure will occur at borehole wall for a given mud weight, the stress state defined by two variables octahedral oc·ta·he·dral
Having eight plane surfaces.
octa·hedral·ly adv. shear stress shear stress
A form of stress that subjects an object to which force is applied to skew, tending to cause shear strain. , [[tau].sub.oct] and effective confining con·fine
v. con·fined, con·fin·ing, con·fines
1. To keep within bounds; restrict: Please confine your remarks to the issues at hand. See Synonyms at limit. pressure, ([P.sub.c]-[P.sub.f])--is compared with an experimentally determined rock failure envelope , such as that shown in Fig. 6. If the stress state at the borehole wall falls below the rock strength curve, as at points A and C in Fig. 6, it is assumed that compressive failure will not occur, otherwise, the borehole wall will crumble crum·ble
v. crum·bled, crum·bling, crum·bles
To break into small fragments or particles.
1. To fall into small fragments or particles; disintegrate. and collapse.
For the assumed condition of no flow, vertical well and normally stressed formation the stresses at the borehole wall are given in polar coordinates 1. Coordinates derived from the distance and angular measurements from a fixed point (pole).
2. In artillery and naval gunfire support, the direction, distance, and vertical correction from the observer/spotter position to the target. by;
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[[sigma].sub.r] [P.sub.m] = MW D (10)
A measure of the rate of decline in the value of an option due to the passage of time. Theta can also be referred to as the time decay on the value of an option. If everything is held constant, then the option will lose value as time moves closer to the maturity of the option. ]] = 2[[sigma].sub.H] - [P.sub.m] = 2[[sigma].sub.z](v/1 - v) - MW D (11)
In terms of [[sigma].sub.r], [[sigma].sub.[theta]], [[sigma].sub.z] the effective confining pressure and the octahedral shear stress are given by:
[P.sub.c] - [P.sub.f] = [[sigma].sub.[theta]] + [[sigma].sub.z] + [[sigma].sub.r]/3 - [P.sub.f] (12)
[[tau].sub.oct] = [square root of ([([[sigma].sub.[theta]] - [[sigma].sub.r]).sup.2] + [([[sigma].sub.[theta]] - [[sigma].sub.z]).sup.2] + [([[sigma].sub.z] - [[sigma].sub.r]).sup.2]/6)] (13)
Therefore, once an experimentally produced rock failure envelope is obtained, for a given effective confining pressure, the minimum mud density can be determined as following:
1. ([P.sub.c] - [P.sub.f]) is calculated from Eq. 12.
2. [[tau].sub.oct] is determined from Fig. 6.
3. Finally, MW is solved from Eq. 13 after substituting MW D for [[sigma].sub.r] and
2[[sigma].sub.z](v/1 - v) - MW D for [[sigma].sub.[theta]]
In cases where no laboratory data is available for determining a rock failure envelope, the following empirical correlations can be used to determine whether the rock fails or not [20,21].
The uniaxial uniaxial /uni·ax·i·al/ (u?ne-ak´se-al)
1. having only one axis.
2. developing in an axial direction only.
1. having only one axis.
2. developed in an axial direction only. compressive strength Compressive strength is the capacity of a material to withstand axially directed pushing forces. When the limit of compressive strength is reached, materials are crushed. Concrete can be made to have high compressive strength, e.g. is calculated from bulk density, shear shear: see strength of materials.
A straining action wherein applied forces produce a sliding or skewing type of deformation. and compressional sonic son·ic
Of, relating to, or determined by audible sound. velocities and gamma ray gamma ray
Penetrating very short-wavelength electromagnetic radiation, similar to an X-ray but of higher energy, that is emitted spontaneously by some radioactive substances (see gamma decay; radioactivity). data.
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Poisson's ratio When a sample of material is stretched in one direction, it tends to get thinner in the other two directions. Poisson's ratio (ν, ), named after Simeon Poisson, is a measure of this tendency. , ?, can be empirically determined from shear and compressional sonic velocities as in the following equation:
v = 1/2 [([[DELTA][t.sub.s]/[[DELTA][t.sub.c]).sup.2] -1/[([[DELTA][t.sub.s]/[[DELTA][t.sub.c]).sup.2]-1 (15)
Once the value of [C.sub.o] is determined empirically, then it can be introduced into Coulomb's criterion, to determine whether the rock fails or not under present borehole stress, it can be stated as follows:
[C.sub.o] = ([[sigma].sub.max] - [P.sub.f])-[([square root of ([v.sup.2] + 1 + v).sup.2] ([[sigma].sub.min] - [P.sub.f]) (16)
For a normally stressed, tectonically inactive in·ac·tive
1. Not active or tending to be active.
a. Not functioning or operating; out of use: inactive machinery.
b. formation where maximum and minimum horizontal stresses are equal, it is reasonable to assume that [[sigma].sub.max]=[[sigma].sub.z] and [[sigma].sub.min]=[[sigma].sub.[theta]]. Hence, by combining Eq. 9 through Eq. 16, the lowest MW that satisfies the mechanical borehole stability criteria can be determined from the following relationship:
MW = 1/D[2[[sigma].sub.H] - [P.sub.f] - [[sigma].sub.z] - [P.sub.f] - [C.sub.o]/([square root of [([v.sup.2] + 1 + v)).sup.2]] (17)
Weight on Bit
One of the major variables, which significantly affects DR, is the WOB. Given that there is efficient bottom hole cleaning beneath the bit teeth, generally, the DR increases with increasing WOB. However, as in the case of many controllable drilling variables, there is an upper limit of WOB that must not be exceeded. The upper limit of WOB is decided after following two critical loads A critical load is defined as
”A quantitative estimate of an exposure to one or more pollutants below which significant harmful effects on specified sensitive elements of the environment do not occur according to present knowledge” (Nilsson and Grennfelt 1988) are determined:
1. The WOB at which the bit drills at minimum cost
2. Critical Buckling buckling
Mode of failure under compression of a structural component that is thin (see shell structure) or much longer than wide (e.g., post, column, leg bone). Leonhard Euler first worked out in 1757 the theory of why such members buckle. Load (CBL Cbl cobalamin. ) of drill string.
The first one of the above two ensures that operating cost of drill bit is at its minimum value. Notice that the minimum cost WOB does not ensure that the DR is at its maximum. This is considered to be one of the fundamental requirements of cost effective drilling. Therefore, if the DR is to be maximized as a target, then minimizing cost per foot criteria can be sacrificed.
If sufficient data is available to produce a table of bit operating cost as a function of WOB and RPM, then graphical technique can be used to determine the minimum cost WOB and RPM . However, in the absence of such a table, several analytical analytical, analytic
pertaining to or emanating from analysis.
control of confounding by analysis of the results of a trial or test. methods can be used. There are two popular analytical models that can be used to produce a table of 'cost per foot' for a range of practical WOB and RPM [12-15]. They are both used to model DR for tri-cone roller cone bits The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter.
Please help [ improve the introduction] to meet Wikipedia's layout standards. You can discuss the issue on the talk page. . Once the cost per footage table is constructed, the minimum cost per footage and corresponding values of WOB and RPM can easily be identified.
Minimum cost WOB does not guarantee that under such WOB the existing drill string is going to be mechanically stable. Therefore, once the minimum cost WOB is determined, the stability of those pipes must be investigated. If the minimum cost WOB needs more compression than the critical buckling load (CBL) of drill collars, than the maximum value of WOB has to be reduced to CBL of the drill collars.
During the drilling of horizontal and extended reach wells, sometimes, drill pipes have to be put in compression to achieve the required WOB. In this case, the CBL of drill pipes must be determined and added to the longitudinal lon·gi·tu·di·nal
Running in the direction of the long axis of the body or any of its parts. component of drillcollar weight to determine the maximum applicable WOB from the standpoint of drill string stability.
The following equation can be used to estimate the CBL of pipes in inclined and straight holes [23-27].
CBL = 1,617 [square root of ([B.sub.f]([OD.sup.2] - [ID.sup.2])([OD.sup.4] - [ID.sup.4])Sin [beta]/(H-OD)) (18)
It is worth to mentioning that the CBL of pipes can be increased substantially, if stabilizers are attached to pipes. In such cases, not only the number of stabilizers, but also the location of stabilizers within the string determines the value of CBL .
Rotary Speed or RPM is among the controllable variables that significantly affect the DR. Assuming that bottom hole cleaning is adequate, DR generally increases with increased RPM. However, in most practical applications, the optimum RPM is selected so that per footage cost of drilling is at a minimum. This is called minimum cost rotary speed (NMC NMC Nursing & Midwifery Council (UK)
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a. The act of twisting or turning.
b. The condition of being twisted or turned.
2. strength of pipes must be investigated. If minimum cost RPM will put drill pipes in helical helical /hel·i·cal/ (hel´i-k'l) spiral (1).
1. Of or having the shape of a helix; spiral.
2. Having a shape approximating that of a helix. buckling mode before it reaches to drill bit, than the maximum safe RPM must be determined by considering the torsional strength of drill pipe.
Drill pipes will torsionally buckle if torsional loads exceed the minimum torque required to buckle them. The buckling strength of a drill pipe against torsional load depends on how much tension or compression is placed on it. The following formula can be used to determine the torsional resistance of a tubular under a given tension or compression .
[[tau].sub.r] = [square root of (833,333 [I.sub.p](2,056,168[I.sub.P]/[L.sub.P.sup.2]+F)) (19)
The drill bit hang-up and Bottom Hole Assembly (BHA BHA butylated hydroxyanisole, an antioxidant used in foods, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals that contain fats or oils.
A white, waxy phenolic antioxidant used to preserve fats and oils, especially in foods. ) rotational drag are considered to be the two factors, which cause drill pipe helical buckling. The following BHA torsional model predicts the transmission of torsional loads created by the bit through the drill collars and then into the drill pipe .
[tau] = 0.795 [N.sub.HU] [J.sub.p][2 [J.sub.c]/[J.sub.c] + [J.sub.p]] (20)
By substituting [[tau].sub.r] from Eq. 19 into [tau] in Eq. 20, one can solve for the maximum value of rotary speed ([N.sub.HU]) that can be applied to avoid helical buckling of drill pipes in case the bit hangs-up.
Torsional buckling of the drill pipes may also be anticipated if the input torque by the rotary table A rotary table is a precision work positioning device used in metalworking. It enables the operator to drill or cut work at exact intervals around a fixed (usually horizontal or vertical) axis. is excessive. The following equation uses watts consumed con·sume
v. con·sumed, con·sum·ing, con·sumes
1. To take in as food; eat or drink up. See Synonyms at eat.
a. by an electric rotary drive to estimate the drill pipe torque by the rotary system .
[tau] = 7.04 V I eff mff/[N.sub.RD] [[eta].sub.BHA] (21)
Similarly, by substituting [[tau].sub.r] from Eq. 19 into [tau] in Eq. 21, one can solve for the maximum value of rotary speed ([N.sub.RD]) to avoid drill pipe helical buckling.
Finally, among the three rotary speeds, [N.sub.MC], [N.sub.HU] and [N.sub.RD], the smallest one is selected as the maximum applicable RPM.
Laboratory and field drilling tests show that the DR rises with increased bit hydraulics to a maximum value and thereafter fails to cause a further rise . This phenomenon is interpreted to mean that once the bottom of the hole is cleaned that further efforts at cleaning are a waste of bit hydraulics (Fig. 7). Therefore from the standpoint of bit hydraulics, the Q can be increased until drilling fluid fully cleans the cuttings beneath the bit. However, this rate may not be adequate to circulate cir·cu·late
v. cir·cu·lat·ed, cir·cu·lat·ing, cir·cu·lates
1. To move in or flow through a circle or circuit: blood circulating through the body.
2. cuttings out of the hole. Higher Q is often needed to prevent cuttings bed formation in inclined and horizontal wells.
The following formula can be used to find the Q, which maximizes bit hydraulic horsepower horsepower, unit of power in the English system of units. It is equal to 33,000 foot-pounds per minute or 550 foot-pounds per second or approximately 746 watts. (BHHP) with the constraint Constraint
A restriction on the natural degrees of freedom of a system. If n and m are the numbers of the natural and actual degrees of freedom, the difference n - m is the number of constraints. of a selected Bit hydraulic horsepower per square inch of bottom hole area .
Q = [[1714 BHHP/j m].sup.(1/m+1)] (22)
Similarly, the following formula can be used to find the Q, which maximizes jet impact force ([F.sub.j]) with the constraint of a selected impact force per square inch of bottom hole area (30).
Q = [[[6,649.35F.sub.j.sup.2]/j m MW].sup.(1/m+2)] (23)
If the Q needed to optimize optimize - optimisation bit hydraulics is inadequate for efficient borehole cleaning then full transport Q has to be selected as the minimum Q. The following formula was proposed to determine the full transport Q in directional In one direction. Contrast with omnidirectional. wells .
Q = [pi]/4([H.sup.2] - [OD.sup.2])[([V.sub.1]Cos[beta]) + ([V.sub.2]Sin[beta])] (24)
[V.sub.2] = 44[[[(SW - MW/MW)[g.sup.3](H - OD/12).sup.3]].sup.1/6] (25)
Eqn.'s 24 and 25 are used to construct full transport annular annular /an·nu·lar/ (an´u-ler) ring-shaped.
Shaped like or forming a ring.
ring-shaped. Q diagram (Fig. 8). The required Q is selected by entering the chart with hole inclination inclination, in astronomy, the angle of intersection between two planes, one of which is an orbital plane. The inclination of the plane of the moon's orbit is 5°9' with respect to the plane of the ecliptic (the plane of the earth's orbit around the sun). ([beta]).
DR strongly depends on several controllable drilling variables. Appropriate selection of these variables can significantly improve the DR. However, there is an upper limit of DR, which cannot be exceeded without risking the safety of drilling operation. This rate is called the drilling rate technical limit and can be approached if:
* MW is selected as the bigger of following two values; a) minimum MW needed to prevent formation fluid kick, and b) minimum MW needed to prevent borehole collapse.
* WOB is selected as the smaller of following two values; a) optimum WOB for minimum cost per footage, and b) minimum critical buckling load of drillstring portion that will be put in compression.
* RPM is selected as the smallest of following three values; a) maximum allowable RPM for rotational drag, b) maximum allowable RPM for bit hang up, c) optimum RPM for minimum cost per footage.
* Q is selected as the bigger of following two values; a) minimum flow rate needed to prevent cuttings bed formation in inclined holes and vertical holes, b) the flow rate need for an effective cleaning beneath the bit tooth.
Once controllable drilling parameters are determined as above, and the DR is calculated by one of the drilling rate models, drilling engineers will be able to evaluate their drilling performance with a better tool, rather than using classic learn curve analysis technique which is believed to have major drawbacks
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Table 1-A systematic approach in assessing the most favorable controllable drilling parameters and drilling rate technical limit for a given data. HOW TO OBTAIN THE MINIMUM APPLICABLE MUD WEIGHT Minimum MW needed to prevent formation kick Pore Pressure Gradient [g.sub.p] 12 ppg True Vertical Depth D 12,000 ft [P.sub.f]= 0.052MWxD 7,488 psi MW = [P.sub.f] + 150/ 0.052 D 12.24 ppg Minimum MM needed to prevent borehole collapses Friction angle [phi] 30 degree Shear sonic interval transient [DELTA] 425 micro time [t.sub.s] sec/ft Compress ional sonic interval [DELTA] 286 micro transient time [t.sub.c] sec/ft Poisson's ratio = 1/2 [([DELTA] v 0.216 [t.sub.s]/[DELTA][t.sub.c]).sup .2] - 1/[([DELTA][t.sub.s]/ [DELTA][t.sub.c]).sup.2] - 1 Average bulk density of [rho]. 2.40 gm/[cm.sup.3] formations sub.b] Assuming data is not available [[sigma] 8,862 psi then [[sigma].sub.h] = v/1-v .sub.H] ([[sigma].sub.z] - [P.sub.f]) + [P.sub.f] Clay content [V.sub. 0.15 fraction CL] [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT 1760 REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] MW = 1/D[[sigma].sub.H] - 13 ppg [P.sub.f] - [[sigma].sub.z] - [P.sub.f] - [C.sub.o]/[([square root of ([v.sup.2] + 1)] + v).sup.2]] Since MW needed to prevent MW 13 ppg borehole collapse) is greater than what is seeded to prevent formation fluid kick, then, HOW TO OBTAIN THE MAXIMUM APPLICABLE FLOW RATE (Q) Minimum Q Needed To Prevent Cuttings Bed Formation Hole Size H = [d. 12.25 inch sub.b] Hole inclination [beta] 30 degree Mud Weight MW 13 pp9 Drill Pipe outside Diameter [OD.sub.DP] 5 inch Specific weight of cuttings SW 22 lbm/gal Particle slip velocity in a [V.sub.1] 41.500 fpm vertical hole [V.sub.2] = 44[[(SW - MW/MW) 249 fpm [g.sup.3][(H - OD/12).sup.3]]. sup.1/6] Q = [pi]/4([H.sup.2] - [OD.sup 650 gpm .2])[(V.sub.1] Cos [beta]) + ([V.sub.2] Sin [beta])] Minimum Q needed to effectively clean the bottom hole area beneath the rock bit Power Law Constant j 0.84 Power Lavy Constant m 1.492 lb.[sec.sup .n]/100[ft. sup.2] Recommended Impact force [IF.sub. 9 psi max] [F.sub.j] = ([pi]/4) [H.sup.2] 1,061 lbf [IF.sub.max] Q = [[6,649.35[F.sub.j.sup.2]/ j 302.4 gpm m MW].sup.(1/m+2)] Since Q needed for inclined hole Q 650 gpm cleaning (650 gpm) is more than what is needed to optimize bit hydraulics (302 m), then HOW TO OBTAIN THE MAXIMUM APPLICABLE WOB Minimum Cost WOB 40 1,000 lbf Drill Collar Outside Diameter [OD.sub 8 inch .DC] Drill Collar Outside Diameter [ID.sub 3 inch .DC] [B.sub.f] = 1 - MW/65.5 0.802 [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT 23,334 lbf REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] Since Min Cost WOB>CBL of DCs, WOB 23,334 lbf then WOB=CBL of DC p.s. In this particular case, DPs are in tension and BHA is a slick assembly i.e, no support from stabilizers. HOW TO OBTAIND THE MAXIMUM APPLICABLE ROP Minimum Cost RPM [N.sub 80 rpm .MC] Estimation of DP torque created due to drill bit hang up Drill Pipe Outside Diameter [ID.SUB 4.276 inch .DP] Length of Drill Collars [L.sub 600 ft .DC] Length of drill pipes = L 11,400 ft D-[L.sub.DC] Force at DP (+ for Tension and F +500 lbf - for Compression) [J.sub.C] = [pi]/32([OD.sub.C. 1429 [in.sup.4] sup.4] - [ID.sub.C.sup.4]) [I.sub.C] = [J.sub.c/2] 714 [in.sup.4] [J.sub.P] = [pi]/32(OD.sub.P. 28.5 [in.sup.4] sup.4] - [ID.sub.P.sup.4] [I.sub.P] = [J.sub.P]/2 14.26 [in.sup.4] [[tau].sub.r] = [square root of 77,124 lbf-ft (833,333 [I.sub.P] (2,056,168 [I.sub.P]/[L.sup.2]+F))] [tau] = 0.795 [N.sub.HU][J.sub. 3,559 lbf-ft p][2 [J.sub.C]/[J.sub.C] + [J.sub.P]] Estimation of DP torque due to rotational drag Voltage across motor V 440 Volts Amperes consumed I 150 amps Flectrical efficiency of a big eff 0.92 hp/hp motor Mechanical efficiency of the mff 0.95 rotary system Fraction of the rotational drag 0.75 of the drillstring that is created by BHA [tau] = 7.04 V I eff mff/RPM 3,807 lbf-ft [[eta].sub.BHA] Since [[tau].sub.r]> torque RPM 80 rpm created due to the bit hang up and rotational drag at [N.sub.MC], then RPM=[N.sub.MC] HOW TO ESTIMATE THE DRILLING RATE TECHNICAL LIMIT Pore Pressure Gradient [g.sub.p] 12 ppg [a.sub.2] 0.00007 [a.sub.3] 0.000005 [a.sub.4] 0.00003 [a.sub.2] through [a.sub.8] [a.sub.5] 1 [a.sub.6] 0.5 [a.sub.7] 0.5 [a.sub.8] 0.5 Threshold bit weight [(WOB/ 0 1,000 psi [d.sub.b] .sub.t] Fractional bit tooth height h 8/8 Formation drillability [f.sub.1] 55.6 fph [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT 0.724 REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT 1.023 REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT 0.436 REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT 0.476 REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT 1.115 REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT 0.607 REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT 34.24 lbf/[in. REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] sup.2] Since [F.sub.i](Q)>[IF.sub.max], 1061 lbf [F.sub.i](Q) = [IF.sub.max][pi] [d.sub.b.sup.2]/4 [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT 1.03 REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] DR = [f.sub.1][f.sub.2][f.sub.3] DRTL 6.09 fph [f.sub.4][f.sub.5][f.sub.6] [f.sub.7][f.sub.8] Nomenclature [a.sub.1]-a.sub.8] Coefficients [B.sub.f] Buoyancy factor BHHP Bit hydraulic horse power [C.sub.o] Uniaxial compressive strength CBL Critical buckling load (lbf) D Formation depth (ft) eff Electrical efficiency of motor [f.sub.1] Formation drillability (ft/hr) [f.sub.2]-[f.sub.8] Functions F Tension (+) or Compression (-) [F.sub.j] Jet Impact Force (lbf) g Acceleration of Gravity (ft/[s.sup.2]) [g.sub.p] Pore pressure gradient (lbf/gal) H Hole size (in) h Fractional tooth height I Amperes consumed [I.sub.c] Cross-sectional moment of inertia of drill collars ([in.sup.4]) [I.sub.p] Cross-sectional moment of inertia of drill pipes ([in.sup.4]) [IF.sub.max] Recommended impact force per square inch of bottom hole area (lbf/[in.sup.2]) ID Inside diameter (in) j & m Power law constants [J.sub.c] Polar moment of inertia of drill collars ([in.sup.4]) [J.sub.p] Polar moment of inertia of drill pipes ([in.sup.4]) [L.sub.P] Length of pipes (ft) [P.sub.f] Formation fluid pressure (psi) [P.sub.m] Hydrostatic pressure (psi) MW Drilling fluid density (lbf/gal) mff Mechanical efficiency of rotary system [N.sub.MC] Minimum cost rotary speed (rev/min) [N.sub.HU] Critical rotary speed to avoid helical bucking due to bit hang up (rev/min) [N.sub.RD] Critical rotary speed to avoid helical bucking due to rotational drag (rev/min) OD Outside diameter (inch) Q Flow rate (gal/min) RPM Rotary table speed (rev/min) SW Specific weight of solids [V.sub.C1] Percent clay volume [V.sub.1] Particle slip velocity in a vertical hole [V.sub.2] Critical transport velocity for large solids in a horizontal annulus WOB Weight on bit (1000 lbf) [(WOB/[d.sub.b]).sub.t] Threshold bit weight per inch of bit diameter at which the bit begins to drill,1,000 lbf/in [beta] Hole inclination [DELTA][T.sub.s], Shear sonic velocity [DELTA][T.sub.c] Compressional sonic velocity [phi] Friction angle ([congruent to] 300 for most rocks) [[eta].sub.BHA] Rotational drag due to BHA v Poisson's ratio [[rho].sub.b] Formation bulk density [[rho].sub.f] Formation fluid gradient [[sigma].sub.H] Horizontal in-situ stress [[sigma].sub.r] Radial borehole stress [[sigma].sub.z] Vertical in-situ stress [[sigma].sub.[theta]] Tangential (Hoop) borehole stress [tau] Torque transmitted [[tau].sub.r] Torsional buckling strength