DESIGN OF AN ULTRA-SPEED LAB-SCALE DRILLING RIG FOR SIMULATION OF HIGH SPEED DRILLING OPERATIONS IN HARD ROCKS

World Mining Congress
Drilling is a common process in mining and petroleum engineering applications which have different objectives. For example, drilling deep boreholes in tight gas formations and gas shales is becoming more popular in the oil and gas industry. By contrast, drilling deep small sized holes for mineral exploration in hard rocks is performed to obtain samples for grade analysis purposes. In both applications optimising the drilling process includes using the most effective operating parameters such as rotation speed and weight-on-bit in order to maximise the rate of penetration. Obtaining the optimum drilling parameters requires sensitivity analysis over a range of data, which would be costly and time consuming during real field operations. Therefore, conducting several experimental simulations in the lab would be very beneficial before field operations begin.
Keywords: Drilling; Rock; Rocks; stress; Bits; Operation; hard rock; Simulations; Simulation;
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