Drilling

Data Analytics and Physics-Based Simulation Enable Bit, Motor, and BHA Combination

The complete paper presents a methodology designed for optimally matching drill bits, mud motors, and bottomhole-assembly components for reduced failure risks and improved drilling performance.

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Today, drill bits and mud motor issues can account for more than half of the reasons for pulling out of hole before total depth (TD) on directional drilling wells. The complete paper presents a methodology designed for optimally matching drill bits, mud motors, and bottomhole-assembly (BHA) components for reduced failure risks and improved drilling performance.

Work Flow

The overall work flow includes detailed modeling of each sophisticated component and an algorithm to combine them efficiently at the system level without ­losing their specific nature.

Drilling-Bit Simulation. The drill-bit model is created in 4D—3D space modeling plus the transient behavior with time. In 4D finite-element modeling, both polycrystalline-diamond-compact (PDC) and reverse-circulation bits can be modeled. The detailed cutting structure model may include specifying the number of cutters and how to place them in a 3D cutter space.

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