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Parameters optimization in deepwater dual-gradient drilling based on downhole separation

J WANG, J LI, G LIU, T HUANG, H YANG

Petroleum Exploration and Development | Published : 2019

Abstract

To ensure safe drilling with narrow pressure margins in deepwater, a new deepwater dual-gradient drilling method based on downhole separation was designed. A laboratory experiment was conducted to verify the effectiveness of downhole separation and the feasibility of realizing dual-gradient in wellbore. The calculation of dynamic wellbore pressure during drilling was conducted. Then, an optimization model for drilling parameters was established for this drilling method, including separator position, separation efficiency, injection volume fraction, density of drilling fluid, wellhead back pressure and displacement. The optimization of drilling parameters under different control parameters an..

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