StickSlip Suppression in Drill String Systems Using a Novel Adaptive Sliding Mode Control Approach Academic Article uri icon


  • A novel control technique is presented in this paper, which is based on a first-order adaptive sliding mode that ensures convergence in a finite time without any prior information on the upper limits of the parametric uncertainties and/or external disturbances. Based on an exponent reaching law, this controller uses two dynamically adaptive control gains. Once the sliding mode is reached, the dynamic gains decrease in order to loosen the systems constraints, which guarantees minimal control effort. The proof of convergence was demonstrated according to Lyapunovs criterion. The proposed algorithm was applied to a drill string system to evaluate its performance because such systems present variable operating conditions caused by, for example, the type of rock. The effectiveness of the proposed controller was evaluated by conducting a comparative study that involved comparing it against a commonly used sliding mode controller, as well as other recent adaptive sliding mode control techniques. The different mathematical performance measures included energy consumption. The proposed algorithm had the best performance measures with the lowest energy consumption and it was able to significantly improve the functioning of the drill string system. The results indicated that the proposed controller had 20% less chattering than the classic SM controller. Finally, the proposed controller was the most robust to uncertainties in system parameters and external disturbances, thus demonstrating the auto-adjustable features of the controller.

published proceedings

  • Vibration

author list (cited authors)

  • Zribi, F., Sidhom, L., & Gharib, M.

complete list of authors

  • Zribi, Fourat||Sidhom, Lilia||Gharib, Mohamed