Feasibility Study on Resonance Enhanced Drilling Technology

Haige WANG, Siqi LI, Guodong JI, Zhijian HU, Tie YAN, Lijie TAO


With the increasing of well depth, the hardness of rock increases which will lead to rock is difficult to be broken. Therefore, Resonance Enhanced Drilling as one of new efficient drilling technologies is presented to improve the efficiency of drilling. The paper is focused on the feasibility study on Resonance Enhanced Drilling, showing the results of the numerical analysis and presenting the implementation methods of the technology. Two kinds of numerical simulations are performed, including modal analysis and harmony analysis of rock and indenter. Also, the excitation frequency is optimized under the actual operation conditions to analyze whether Resonance Enhanced Drilling can be achieved.
Our investigations confirm that both rock and drill bit can be resonant, and there are different resonant frequencies and vibration modes in different orders which are only related to their inherent characteristics. In addition, when the rock drilled is resonant and easily broken, the drill bit will not be destroyed. As a result, the Resonance Enhanced Drilling can be achieved and the optimization of excitation frequency is the resonant frequency of rock drilled.
We suggest that although there are some methods and apparatus have been proposed to achieve resonance drilling technology, more researches are still needed to be conducted to further understand the rock breaking mechanism and promote the realization of the Resonance Enhanced Drilling.


Resonance enhanced drilling; Modal analysis; Harmony analysis; Resonant frequency; Implementation methods

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