RESEARCH PAPERS: Emerging Energy Technology/Drilling/Manufacturing

Guidelines for Controlling Drill String Vibrations

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D. W. Dareing

Norton Christensen, Inc., Houston, Tex. 77073

J. Energy Resour. Technol 106(2), 272-277 (Jun 01, 1984) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3231051 History: Received August 28, 1982; Revised August 16, 1983; Online October 22, 2009


Bottom-hole assemblies control the vibration response of drill strings because they are much heavier and stiffer than drill pipe. The length of bottom-hole assemblies is also a factor and the present practice of determining drill collar length often leads to natural tuning with drill bit displacement frequencies. As a result, bottom-hole assemblies are unintentionally designed to vibrate. This paper explains the causes of severe drill string vibrations and gives guidelines for controlling them.

Copyright © 1984 by ASME
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