CFD Numerical Simulation for Downhole Thruster Performance Evaluation
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© 2018 ASME. This study focuses on numerical simulation and evaluation of a hydraulically powered downhole Thruster. This device is numerically simulated and evaluated using ANSYS Fluent 17.2 to show its generation of pressure pulses that can induce downhole forces that magnify the downhole dynamic weight on bit (DWOB) using drilling mud. Such magnification of the DWOB can produce axial motion of the Thruster. Such axial motions, as proved by many publications can improve the drilling rate of penetration (ROP), release stuck pipes, and reduce frictions in non-vertical wells. The special inner design of the Thruster creates pressure pulses that can provide load impact on the drill bit leading to the increase of WOB that can enhance the drilling performance. The current stage of the study of the Thruster involves a mechanical design of the Thruster by the SolidWorks and an evaluation of the tool function and performance through pressure effect simulation by ANSYS Fluent 17.2. Initially, water is used as the fluid and the main parameters involved in the analysis are pressure and velocity. However, power-law as a non-Newtonian fluid is also used for comparison study in the section of pressure drop analysis. The results are analyzed based on velocity pressure profiles, pressure drops, pressure effects with applications of various back pressures at several planes using water and power-law fluids.
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Mohamed, B., Abugharara, A. N., Rahman, M. A., & Butt, S. D.