The thrust mechanism on most top-head rigs is a pair of roller chains consisting of two chain sections.
Bit weight required to cut rock depends on the design of the bit and the strength of the rock. Pump pressure results from flow resistance caused by viscosity, friction, weight of the fluid column, or restrictions in the circulating system. Mud cools and lubricates through heat absorption from the bit and reduction of drill-string abrasion against the borehole wall. Therefore, if you keep the borehole clean with the fluid as you drill, you also cool and lubricate. Hydrostatic pressure allows the fluid to support the borehole wall and is a function of the density or weight of the mud column. Do not use water from wetlands, swamps, or small ponds for mixing drilling fluids because the water may be contaminated. Seven pounds of Revert per 100 gallons of water at 45°F yields Marsh funnel viscosity of 125 seconds per quart. Polymer drilling fluids have virtually no gel strength because the colloids are nonionic and exhibit no attraction for each other. The colloids in the polymer fluid are nonionic, have no chemical interaction, and are easier to remove in water-well development.
Pour the test sample, freshly taken from the mud system, through the string in the top of the funnel until the level touches the top of the screen.
Immediately remove the finger from the outlet tube, and measure the number of seconds for a quart of mud to flow into the measuring cup. The funnel viscosity measurement obtained is influenced considerably by the gelation rate of the mud sample and its density. The pressures from the mud and the formation should be balanced so that the borehole bottom exposed to the drill bit is near surface eruption from pore pressure. All cuttings should be removed from the drilling mud in the settling pits and not recirculated. Filter cake can be compacted against the wall by the excess hydrostatic pressure in the borehole. A thin, highly impermeable filter cake bonds well to the wall and provides a surface for the hydrostatic pressures to act against to support the wall.
In the field, you can test the filtration properties and filter-cake thickness using the filter-press kit. If cuttings remain in the annular space between the drill rod and borehole wall when circulation is stopped, they will produce a denser fluid than the clean drilling mud inside the drill rods. Mud pits are part of the circulating system for mixing and storing drilling fluid and for settling cuttings. If drilling mud is processed through shale shakers, desanders, desilters, and space and time for cuttings settlement are not important, long, narrow pits connected at opposite ends by narrow, shallow trenches are preferred. If you use a clay-based mud with thixotropic qualities and the mud moves slowly or flow stops, the gel strength can hold the cuttings.
When the annulus is small, excessive up-hole velocity can promote erosion of the filter cake in granular zones and allow caving against the drill pipe. Dry material drilled by air will create a large amount of dust when blown from the borehole. Minor wetting or dampening makes some walls more stable; excessive wetting can cause a wall to fail. Use the following equations to estimate compressor size, up-hole velocity, and hole-size requirements for air drilling or Figure 5-14 to determine up-hole velocity.
Adding foamer to this fluid in the same proportions as clear water, results in richer, more stable foam. Down-hole hammer drilling with a large diameter hammer or bit (Figure 5-16) usually results in a very crooked hole unless you use drill stabilizers or drill the hole in two steps.
Energy output from any drill is directly proportional to the air pressure delivered to the drill (Table 5-8). Detrimental effects of inefficient cutting removal include reduced penetration rate, damage to the formation by fracturing, induced instability in the hole wall, damage to or even loss of drilling equipment, and loss of the borehole. When you remove the drill from the borehole, break it down, inspect it, clean it, and repair it, as necessary. Additives--usually are not needed since the turbulence and high velocity inside the pipe lift the cuttings. Keep the borehole full and backed with a large water reserve to maintain an excess hydrostatic head. Most reverse cumulation rigs are 6-inch ID and include items such as the drill string and hoses.
Reverse circulation drill pipe is fabricated from 6-inch ID tubing with standard pipe flanges and air pipes. A comprehensive management process around tubular-running services (TRS) and connection integrity has been developed incorporating innovations in mechanized rig systems and connection monitoring tools.
The ability to ensure gas-tight seals designed to withstand high torque and bending stresses is critical as operations move into ultra-deepwater. A connection-integrity strategy has been developed to mitigate the risk of wellbore tubular failure.
Pipe is positioned in Weatherford’s bucking unit prior to being made up to the correct torque specification and a makeup data record is generated. Once on the rig, the service provider deploys its remotely operated JAMPro Joint Analyzed Make-Up system, which provides real-time monitoring of tubular makeup for each connection. These separate components are integrated through real-time monitoring and control software, the TorkPro 3, which also records and analyzes torque-turn data from all pipe connections made in the field. This data is available in real time to all authorized team members through computers or mobile devices.
The traditional acceptance criteria provided by interpreting the graphical output from monitoring software includes the final torque applied to the connection. In increasingly deeper waters and reservoirs, these traditional criteria are not sufficient to ensure long-term reliability of deepwater connections.
To ensure zero failures in the connections, an operator monitors the job from a control cabin. An operator in the North Sea was looking for a casing-running option that would improve the integrity of an offshore well while also allowing its onshore support team to conduct real-time reviews of tubular makeup. This solution allowed for real-time monitoring and recording of torque-turn data for all connections. A total 263 casing joints were run into the wellbore without damaging any connection, and the operation was performed without incident. The system included an integral weight-compensation feature that enabled the operator to improve the efficiency and quality of the premium connection makeup operation and ensured that no connections were damaged or backed out. A total of 1,275 connections were made during the operation, with the required torque achieved in each case and no damage to any connection. Responding to industry need for a consistent approach to connection integrity built on best practices, the TRS and SME network has expanded its role. Regardless of their geographic base of operations, each SME is charged with sharing connection-integrity best practices with colleagues. The SME also has access to resources within the service organization that may fall outside the connection integrity specialty.
The global SME network also coordinates the development and field-testing of new tubular-connection technologies and standardizes all tubular-running and connection makeup procedures and policies to consistency of deployment. Finally, to ensure that both end user and service company’s field engineers have the latest information and training in safe tubular make-up operations, the SMEs are charged with developing and updating relevant training material and conducting seminars. This comprehensive approach to connection integrity incorporates collaboration, thorough pre-screening, automated equipment and ongoing operational support and provides additional assurance that the tubing strings will reliably deliver reservoir fluids to the wellhead. Drilling Contractor is the only viable magazine exclusively covering the global drilling and completion industry, both land and offshore. The official magazine of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, DC has been published since 1944 and is the longest continuously published magazine focusing on drilling and completion. These following instructions are guide lines on how to free the stuck drill string caused by wellbore geometry. These following instructions are guide lines on how to free the stuck drill string caused by differential sticking. These following instructions are guide lines on how to free the stuck drill string  cause by packing off or bridging off. Thank you for the famous new IDEAS (technology) but please they have to give us more details about the stuck pipe ,for exemple wich kind of friuts most needed and effective for the stuck pipe to plante in our location side. This article will describe how to determine the correct force applied to get the correct torque value when you use the rig tong to make up the connection. Ans: 7,675 lb pulling force is applied to 4-ft tong in order to get the torque at connection at 30,700 ft-lb.
I’ve got several question in this regards, and first of all it needs to be very clear how the force will be applied in respect to the tong as well as the position of the rocker pins as well as the dies!
I think the main die is applying such a great force on the pin box that make the pipe spin if loose as a consequence, therefore if the pipe does not spin anymore there will be only a force pinching the pin box and misreadings (as torque applied to the connection) could be misinterpreted.
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The rotary table is a rotating platform that transmits torque to the drill rod through the kelly. The chains are attached to the kelly swivel and extended over sprockets at the top of the mast and under the rotary table.
A mud pump (Figure 5-1) on a rotary drill is usually a positive-displacement, double-acting piston pump with capacities ranging from one to several hundred GPM at pressures up to several hundred psi. Man drill-head hoists (draw works) are mechanically or hydraulically driven wire-line winches.
These bits bit consists of three cone-shaped rollers are best suited for brittle or friable materials.
Roller bits need a minimum of 2,000 psi of bit diameter for soft rock and shale and a maximum of 6,000 psi of bit diameter for hard rock. Drill rods, collars, stabilize, subs, and bits are available in different sizes and materials. Pressure should be exerted at the ports in the bit, causing a downward jetting as the fluid exits. Unless the drill string includes stabilizers (Figure 5-5) for large drill bits, drill a pilot hole, using drill collars as stabilizers. Important characteristics of a drilling mud are viscosity and weight to carry cuttings, gel strength, yield point, and active clay solids for filter cake. Polymers used for special purposes are available from the manufacture complete with specifics on how to use the product. If you use water from these sources, chlorinate the water before making the drilling fluid. Without treatment, the viscosity of some polymers (Revert) completely breaks down in one to six days depending mainly on temperature. Most of the drill cuttings should be washed out of the borehole before circulation is stopped.
When the viscosity of the fluid is broken, much of the cohesive function of the thin film becomes a water-like liquid and is washed out of the water well. When agitated and sheared with water, the bentonite platelets absorb more than 25 times their own weight in water, separate, and swell.
True viscosity is a term relating only to true (Newtonian) fluids, such as water, and is a proportional constant between shear stress and shear rate in laminar flow. You need more stress (pump pressure) to cause the gelled drilling mud to start flowing than to sustain flow once the gel is broken.
Other mud characteristics affecting lifting capacity are density, velocity, and flow patterns. The carrying capacity of a mud is affected by its density and the density of the drill cuttings.
Although 100 percent removal is unrealistic, well-designed mud pits and mechanical screens, desanders, and desilters materially aid in removing cuttings from the mud. Filter cake consists of solids from the drilling mud deposited on the borehole wall as the water phase is lost into the formation.
If the drilling mud is a well-conditioned bentonite and water mixture, most of the solids plastered against the wall will be flat platelets of highly active clay. Filtrate loss into the formation can account for significant fluid loss, if the consistency of the drilling mud is not good.
This kit consists of a press with a mounted pressure gauge and a CO2 charging system that is used to simulate the hydrostatic pressure inside a 200-foot hole.
A high chloride content in the mixing water causes bentonite to react anomalously or not react at all. The small particles produce a high surface-area-to-volume relationship and good viscosity building.
Velocity varies as if these tubes were sliding past one another while moving in the same direction. To test cumulation at these rates (bit is 300 feet deep), pump down a marker (strew or oats). The denser mud in the annular space will then flow down the hole and force the clean drilling mud up the drill rods. Rotary chilling preparation is the design and excavation of an in-ground mud pit or installation of a portable mud pit and the mixing of the drilling fluid. If using a polymer fluid that has no thixotropic qualities, the settlement of cuttings is a function of time at low velocity or no flow.
You can add commercial items such as chopped paper, straw, cottonseed, and nut hulls to the mud pit. Fall-in is material that accumulates in the bottom of the borehole after you stop cumulation.
The drill bit and any collars just above the bit are larger in diameter than the drill pipe. When the drill string parts, leaving a portion in the borehole, the drill string is rung off. The in-hole effects of swelling soil (shale or clay) that absorbs water from the drilling fluid is squeezing. Using a 1,000-cfm compressor the up-hole velocity would be about 1,400 fpm, which is not enough velocity to remove cuttings. Use a packer to seal the top of the surface casing around the drill pipe or kelly bar so either rotates freely. Place a T at the top of the casing with an air-line eductor that causes a vacuum at the top of the hole.
In hard rock with percussion drills, you can drill faster and more economically than with other drilling methods.
Porting within the drill case forces the piston up and down with the full force of the air pressure.
Since air has no effective viscosity or density to float the chips, removal is a function of the velocity of the returning air. When the drill bit is extended in the splines to the open position, the maximum volume of air passes through the drill. Accumulation may be caused by insufficient drilling air volume, a percussion drill not suited for the hole, a sudden influx of groundwater, or too rapid a penetration rate (large load of cuttings). Oil all machined surfaces and lubricate threads with tool-joint compound before returning the drill to the borehole or to storage.
Make sure that the fluid level is several feet above the water table to ensure an excess head in the borehole.
The ports in the drill bit are smaller to prevent large particles from entering and becoming lodged. Connection makeup acceptance and accuracy are critical to casing string integrity, which provides a secure mechanical formation barrier for the life of the well. This helps ensure a long-term, reliable operation of the well with a corresponding reduction in NPT and costs. Weatherford undertook this development under collaboration with operators and OEMs, as well as guidance from a global network of in-house subject matter experts (SMEs).
Not only must these connections be made up to OEM parameters, they must be made up quickly and safely, with minimal requirement for manual handling. This process involves having dedicated SMEs engage with the operator at the early stages of well planning. The same equipment and tubulars to be used at the wellsite are evaluated on a test rig onshore. The system comprises several components that, when taken together, help ensure each connection is made up to the torque specifications set forth per well requirements, with no potential leak paths.
The software then compares this data with the latest connection manufacturer requirements to determine the integrity of the connections. Such access allows for collaboration between the onshore operations team and offshore crew running the tubular job.
Most OEMs place a standard criterion for final torque to be within 10% of the minimum and maximum torque.
Weatherford’s ATEX-compliant, remotely operated OverDrive casing-running system was deployed along with the joint-analyzed makeup software.

The onshore support team was able to operate the makeup system from the office and communicate and collaborate with the offshore crew on changes to the makeup operation, as required.
The system was capable of making connections faster and provided the ability to transmit power and mud flow from the top drive to the casing. Further, the automated system for tubular makeup eliminated the need for a stabber in the derrick. In addition to operational support for each project, the SME plays a key role in technology development and sustaining engineering services. You must ensure that you are still over balance formation pressure otherwise you will be dealing with well control too. Flow rate must be more than cutting slip velocity in order to transport cuttings effectively.
You must ensure that overall hydrostatic pressure is still able to control reservoir fluid to accidentally come into the wellbore. This is very important to apply low flow rate because if high flow rate is applied, the stuck situation becomes worse.
The question is asked about how to get the right torque value to the connection if you use the rig tong because you will not see the torque value on the gauge.
The sizes of the overshot are designed in accordance with the O.D of drill collar, drill pipe, oil tube as well as collars of them and have formed a complete series for fishing. The Grapple Control is positioned above the Basket Grapple rather than below it to allow the Basket Grapple to occupy the lowest position in the Bowl.
This tool's unique principle of reverse circulation ensures complete recovery of all junk and eliminates misruns.
One is fallen from well head, for instance: tong keys, slip dogs, hand tools as well as screws, nuts etc. In order to avoid cutting coupling, the cutter should keep away from the position of coupling, and if allowed explorer should be equipped to make cutting easy.
It is used in fishing operations with an assembly of a steel body and a pure lead founded at the bottom. There are no pins, springs or other small parts to break or lose in the hole, making it safer to use and easier to maintain than other rollers. YSJ150 Hydraulic Jar Tester is designed by our company absorb the foreign advanced technique, combine with the character and current level of national petroleum industry. In order to live up to the standard requested, it used to inspect the inside drift size of a variety of tubings. The product reduces its friction with Kelly bar by the rolling of four rollers in order to prolong its life. It is a full opening valve that provides positive pressure control of the fluids in the drill string and seals in both directions with metal to metal seals.
According to the different hardnesses of formations,you may separately select sharp-fanged roller,wide-fanged roller or tungsten carbide compacts roller.
The stabilizer sleeve can be changed quickly and easily after sleeve had banding is worn-out. We offer a full line of hydraulically operated drill pipe tongs, casing tongs, tubing tongs, hydraulic backups, hydraulic power units, and tong positioning equipment. The facility encompasses 140,663 square feet and houses the latest in design tools and numerically controlled machines and heat treating ovens.
You may also choose to use the "keyword search" function to find out the products you are looking for. The kelly, which is attached to the mud swivel, is the uppermost section of the drill string that passes through the rotary table.
On older rigs, the sprockets under the rotary table are powered mechanically through a PTO and clutch. Power may be provided through a mechanical PTO and clutch, with or without a separate transmission. See Table 5-2 for recommended rotating speeds for all sizes and types of bits in various formations. The blades are designed so that they cut into the formation with a carving or scraping action. Bit design, weight on bit, rotation speed, fluid consistency, and cumulation pressure and velocity affect rotary drilling. Too much weight can cause excessive penetration and produce cuttings that are too large and heavy. Before drilling, add drill collars instead of drill pipe until the load is sufficient for reasonable cutting. In most drilling systems, drill rods are either steel or aluminum and come in lengths of either 5 or 20 feet. Velocity depends on capacity and condition of the mud pump, annular area in the borehole, and the stability and permeability of the formation. Drilling fluid is circulated in rotary drilling to cool, clean, and lubricate the drill string, to flush cuttings from the hole, and to stabilize the borehole wall.
The polymer admixture can be organic, inorganic, natural, synthetic or synthetically formulated natural polymers. The action of bentonite in water is seriously impaired by dissolved acids or salty substances. Be careful because chlorine removes metallic ions that are necessary for viscosity in polymers. Since the polymer fluid is partly a thick solution, infiltration into the permeable wall is reduced. Field testing of polymer fluids, using the falter press and the Marsh funnel, yields different results. The amount of surface area wetted determines the ability of the particle to build viscosity. Drilling muds act differently in that the proportion between shear stress and shear rate is reduced when shear rate is increased. Gel strength holds the cuttings in suspension at the bottom of the hole when circulation is stopped. Graduated in cubic centimeters (cc) and fluid ounces, the 1,000-cc measuring cup is designed specifically for use with the Baroid Marsh funnel viscometer. Take mud samples for each test from the same location in the circulating system just before returning to the hole. You can build heavy mud by adding a weighing material such as ground barite (specific gravity 4.25). If the mud pressure is much lower than the formation pressure, the borehole can be unstable. Good consistency does not necessarily mean thick; it has to do with the bentonite content and the quality of falter cake. By placing a sample of drilling mud in the press and charging the system, you can forma filter cake. Fluid is pumped down the drill string, out the ports in the bit, and up the annular space between the drill string and the wall. The streamlines remain distinct and the flow direction at every point remains unchanged with time. The majority of the material should take 4 minutes and 45 seconds to return (300 feet at 400 fpm takes 45 seconds and 300 feet at 75 fpm takes 4 minutes). This causes a geyser effect, and the drilling mud may shoot several feet into the air until the mud columns equalize.
For standard drilling operations that use well-completion kits, well depths could range from 600 to 1,500 feet.
If you have a backhoe to dig and clean the pits, size and depth of the pits are not critical.
With polymer fluid, a long-path mud pit is ideal; if part of the flow almost stops, cutting settlement is enhanced. Some problems in rotary drilling are minor and others are serious and can result in failure to complete a hole or even loss of equipment. Sometimes, while the loss zone is grouted and redrilled, the grout is lost into the formation. This material is borehole-wall material that results from sloughing or caving or cuttings previously carried in suspension. If you make the initial setup without plumbing the kelly, you can expect the borehole to go crooked. The result is a borehole that is undergauged to the extent that you cannot pull the bit by normal hoisting methods. Air rotary drilling is similar to mud rotary drilling except that the fluid circulated is compressed air. While penetration will progress, the cuttings tend to stay at the bottom of the borehole under the drill bit and are recrushed. Commercial foamers for drilling enhance the air's ability to carry cuttings and reduce the velocity required to clean the borehole.
Less than one quart of foamer mixed with 100 gallons of water injected at a 2- to 3-GPM rate is sufficient for a 12-inch diameter borehole.
Shallow holes for loading explosives in rock quarries and other excavations have been drilled by percussion. The drill-bit shank is splined and can slide in the splines about 2 inches until fully extended. For example, a 200-psi compressor will produce 200 psi in a closed receiver while turning a few RPM. The pressure delivered to the drill is somewhat less than the gauge pressure at the compressor because of friction loss in the plumbing; pressure in the borehole increases with depth because of friction and the load of cuttings and water. Attach the percussion drill to the drill string or drill kelly and lower the drill until the drill sets on the material. Even though you can apply tremendous torque, a hydraulic system does not produce positive movement but reacts to drag or resistance to drill string rotation. Economical and satisfactory drilling, using the down-hole percussion drill, requires fine tuning of the variables. Cuttings may not be removed efficiently from the hole, resulting in an accumulation of cuttings around the drill.
If the fluid level is not correct, an unexpected coarse zone can take a large volume of fluid and the wall will collapse. Rig configuration for reverse cumulation rotary drilling (Figure 5-17) differs from rotary drilling. However, it seems that failures at the connection contribute to many of the pipe failures encountered downhole. This helps the service provider to gain valuable insight into anticipated well parameters, including geometry and trajectory, flow rates and expected downhole temperatures and pressures. This testing not only uncovers how the tubulars are expected to perform on the rig, but it also gives the TRS team familiarity with the makeup equipment and process that can lead to deployment efficiency improvement.
When the required torque is reached ­– measured via a load cell connected to a reaction post on the power tong – the valve diverts hydraulic flow from the tong-operating spool to the return line via a spool cartridge, thus preventing any further turns. It also populates comments of the connection condition on several graphs that inform how well the field data fall within predetermined acceptance criteria. It also helps to quickly identify potential connection problems while the operation is still ongoing to minimize the risk of leaks or damage to any connection. The other common criterion is the torque where sealing faces contact – commonly known as shoulder torque – which can be between 5% and 70% of the optimum torque to generate sufficient delta torque. The remotely operated software, integrated as part of the overall casing-running system, improved the overall efficiency of the run and enhanced the safety of rig personnel. The running solution also included a modular internal clamping tool with non-marking jaws to handle and deploy each tubing joint without causing damage.
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It is designed to enable the operator to determine the configuration of the top of the fish and to locate its position in the well bore. They are used for top drive drilling system with jointed one by one.The seals for upward and downward pressure provide dependable high-pressure service.
A rotary drill rig has three functions: rotating the drill string, hoisting the drill string, and circulating the drilling fluid.
Drilling rigs are truck- or trailer-mounted and are powered by an on-board engine or by a PTO from the truck transmission. The drill string may be square, hexagonal, or round with grooves or flukes on the outside wall. The top-head mechanism moves down along the rig mast as the boring is advanced and is raised to the top of the mast to add a length of drill pipe. The pulldown chains on modem drill rigs are powered by a hydraulic motor, which provides better thrust control. Many drill rigs have auxiliary hoists for handling pipe and other equipment and for bailing. Tooth locations are designed so that as the cone rotates, each tooth strikes the bottom of the hole at a different location.
Drag bits may have multiblade, hardened-steel, finger-shaped teeth or may have connected carbide-reinforced cutting edges. Drilling fluid is pumped through the drill string and face of the drill bit and backup the annulus to the surface.
Large cuttings are difficult to wash out and may cause gumming and premature failure of the bit. Mud-pump pressure against the bit is not harmful if it does not exceed the operating pressure of the pump. Research indicates that removing the cuttings around and under the bit is the most important factor in keeping the bit cool. Polymer additives are formulated for various drilling-fluid purposes and can be used alone or to enhance clay muds.
Up to ten times more bentonite is needed to build the same viscosity in a given amount of fluid, depending on the quality of the polymer.
Revert requires Fast Break; E-Z Mud needs sodium hypochlorite at a ratio of 2 quarts for every 100 gallons of water.
One ounce of Wyoming bentonite dispersed in water has more surface area than five football fields. The stress (hydraulic pressure) required to break the gel strength to initiate cumulation can be detrimental. The inexperienced driller must be careful because mud with the correct thickness often is too thin. The apparent viscosity of the drilling mud in motion affects carrying capacity, the pump pressure (hydrostatic down-hole pressure) required for circulation, and the ability to drop cuttings in the settling pit.
The magnitude of the difference in density, particle size, and fluid viscosity affect the rate at which a particle descends. If the mud pressure far exceeds the formation pressure, the cuttings may be suppressed and reground by the bit. Clean the outside cup area, place the assembly on the center pivot, and balance it using sliding weight. If a permeable formation is encountered with pore spaces too large to be plugged by the fine bentonite particles, the drilling mud will enter the formation.
The fluid empties into the mud pit, through any mechanical solids separating equipment, and is picked up from the pit by the mud pump for recirculation.
Cuttings near the center can be vigorously lifted while cuttings near the wall and drill string actually slip in a net fall.
To clean all the cuttings from a 300-foot depth with an average up-hole mud velocity of 75 fpm will require more than four minutes of pumping. Most drillers agree that using multiple pits is best when dropping drill cuttings from the fluid. Many serious problems start minor but can become serious if not recognized or handled properly. The mud pit will lower, since some of the mud is used in forming a mud cake on the borehole wall; however, increased lowering can indicate circulation loss. Fall-in occurs when you encounter a loose, unstable formation and the drilling-fluid weight is insufficient to stabilize the formation.
A crooked borehole usually amplifies other problems and can make a borehole unsuitable for a well. In soils where sloughing and caving are a problem, injection of a thin drilling mud (bentonite mixed with the injection water) will control the dust and can contribute to stability. The foamer is mixed with the injection water but does not foam with gentle stirring; therefore, pumping is not hindered. Because of the increased richness, stability, and density of the air-foam gel, the air's cutting-carrying capacity and the wall stabilization are enhanced. A properly maintained bit has the longest service life and drills the most economical holes. The volume of air produced is a function of the displacement chamber, size of the cylinders or rotors, and the speed of rotation. Increased pressure in the borehole reduces the effective pressure differential cross the drill. The rule of thumb is that the rotation rate (in RPM) should about equal the penetration rate in feet per hour.
It is easy to visualize a distorted drill string caused by excessive top loading and how the distortion can cause increased borehole wall friction.
Larger diameter drill pipe reduces the area of the annulus, which effectively increases the velocity of a fixed air volume. Accumulation may increase when compressor capacity is insufficient to maintain maximum pressure while drilling.
Use the manufacturer's recommend injection of a minimum of one quart of rock drill oil during each hour of drilling. In rotary drilling, the circulating fluid is pumped at high velocity down the drill string and up the annulus. Reverse cumulation is normally used for large diameter (over 30 inches) holes, such as large irrigation wells. Hoisting and rotating the drill-string procedures are similar, but you must change the fluid circulating system. With casing, tubing and drill pipe accounting for approximately half of the entire cost of the well in some instances, it’s critical to maintain casing and completion tubing integrity through robust and reliable connections.
This typically requires a costly intervention and tubing replacement operation, after which the operator runs the risk of not being able to recover production rates to pre-leak levels.
These parameters guide the decision-making process for the metallurgical composition of the tubing string and threads, the type of thread dope to use and the torque-turn requirements to ensure robust and tight connections along the string.
A single-joint compensator was deployed as part of the solution to eliminate the set-down weight from the threaded connections during makeup, reducing the risk of threaded galling and cross-threading. Please be patient when a hydraulic jar trips because it may take around 5 minutes each circle.
A bit is rotated against the formation while mud is pumped down the drill pipe, through ports in the bit, and back to the ground surface through the annulus between the drill pipe and the borehole wall.
Power is delivered to the various components through hydraulic pumps and motors or through mechanical transmissions and clutches and geared on roller-chain drives.
Other types of pumps are often used successfully, but their limited pressure capacity may jeopardize the success of the drilling operation. The bailing drum usually has less lifting capacity and a faster spooling rate than hoisting drums.
The rotary action of the bit loosens the material, while the drilling fluid cools and lubricates the drill pipe and bit and carries cuttings to the surface. Normally, you will use drag bits for beginning a borehole in unconsolidated overburden materials.
Sufficient velocity with a fluid of low viscosity (even water) will carry drill cuttings to the surface. Polymers, containing salt and other contaminants, are available and are compatible with water. Other polymers, such as E-Z Mud and Poly-Sal, maintain their viscosity for long periods of time since natural breakdown is not significant. Since most of the cuttings are dropped out, friction and wear in the pump are minimized and the drilling rate is not impeded by cuttings or high density.
With a pH of 7.5, the borate cross-links the polymeric chains and forms a strong three-dimensional molecular gel. The insoluble and cuttings are surrounded with thick coatings that are more impermeable per unit thickness than a bentonite filter cake. You want a higher yield strength with respect to the gel strength so the mud becomes very thin in flow shear. Required bottom-hole pressures can cause fracturing or opening of fractures in the formation, resulting in loss of drilling fluid, formation damage, and borehole wall damage.
These characteristics are also intrinsically involved with well hydraulics, density of mud, density and size of cuttings, and particle slip. Increasing density of the mud during drilling indicates that the mud contains native solids. With the hole kept full of mud, the hydrostatic pressure inside usually exceeds the formation pressure. A thick cake detrimentally increases down-hole cumulating pressure by restricting the annulus, making it difficult to pull the drill string because of the physical size of the drill collars and bit. The disorderly arrangement of the particles accounts for the poor filtration qualities of attapulgite. Rotation of the drill string changes the flow pattern near the drill string and materially enhances particle lift. For example, in a loose sand zone, the borehole walls can slough and cause drilling fluid loss. Occasionally, reducing fluid velocity while continuing to drill will plug the loss zone with drill cuttings.
If you anticipate or suspect fall-in, raise the drill bit off the bottom of the hole (20-foot minimum) each time drilling is interrupted. Ringing off is normally fatigue failure in the drill-rod joints caused by excessive torque or thrust (repeated flexing and vibration that crystallizes heat-treated tool joints) or by borehole deviation (with flexing of the string). You should always anticipate deviation, since the borehole naturally tends to spiral from bit rotation.
Using compressed air is advantageous when water for drilling is inconvenient, fluid is being lost to the formation while drilling, or you have difficulty washing sticky clay formations from the hole.
Adversely, water can cause the cuttings to stick together, making them heavier and harder to blow out of the borehole, or the cuttings may stick to the borehole wall, causing constriction.

Foam must be pumped at a pressure greater than the air-line pressure into which it will be injected.
You can increase the richness and density of the foam by mixing bentonite with the injection water before adding the foamer. Foam reaching the surface must be carried away from the drill rig to avoid mounding over the work area. The eductor is fabricated and the drilling operation does not usually require the full output of the compressor. Essentially, percussion drilling for water wells uses down-hole, pneumatic-percussion hammer drills.
Currently, all down-hole bits are set with carbide buttons specifically formulated for the percussion application. You can calculate friction losses in plumbing and pressure at the bottom of the hole, but the calculations are not very useful.
If you apply air with the drill bit extended, the air blows directly through the drill and the drill does not function (the piston is not actuated). Because the drill string is relatively flexible, loads applied from the top will cause the drill string to flex and can misalign the drill bit. Lubricate the drill, using an in-line oiler designed for operation at the maximum anticipated working pressure. Other contributors to borehole wall frictional rock abusiveness, poor lubrication of the drill string (injected or natural-water condition), and poor cutting removal.
This condition may be signaled by the drill sticking, which retards downward movement and affects bit load and drilling energy.
By raising the drill slightly, the bit is extended in the splines (open piston), the percussive action stops, drill bit penetration (production of cuttings) stops, and maximum air passes through the drill to clear cuttings from the borehole.
During drilling, the LP-12 is oiled with an in-line oiler plumbed into the drilling air line. Lift the drill off the bottom, close the water injection valve, blow air through the hammer, and add oil (1 to 2 quarts) to circulate and lubricate the surfaces.
Permanent relief wells are often installed by reverse circulation because the well can be developed to a higher efficiency than with standard rotary drilling. To prevent cuttings from passing through the pump, a jet eductor is used to create a vacuum.
Eckel Tri-Grip backup is an industry standard for reliable make-up and break-out of tubular connections.
By removing the kelly bar, you can add drill pipe and work the pipe through the open hole in the rotary table. Most top-head drives are powered by hydraulic motors capable of variable speeds rather than positive constant rotation.
These rams apply thrust and are used in a hold-back mode to reduce the bit load of the weight due to the drill string. Most well-drilling machines have dual piston, double-acting, positive-displacement mud pumps. Bailing drums can spool several hundred feet of wire line, which is sufficient to reach the bottom of most wells. The drilling fluid is under high hydrostatic pressure and supports the wall of the borehole against caving. These bits are used for hard, medium, and soft rock and are part of the drilling-rig equipment. In cohesive soils, fine cuttings may thicken the drilling fluid and fail to settle in the mud pit. Pressure from friction occurs if the drill string is long for its inside diameter or pipes are internally upset.
This distinction underlies the difference in behavior between drilling polymers (solutions) and drilling muds (suspensions). Mix the polymer very slowly through the mud gun a minimum of four hours before using for more complete hydration.
If a strong gel plug is necessary to get through a lost circulation zone, mix 1 cup of borax in 5 gallons of water and pour slowly into the pump section while pumping at idle speed. You can add sodium chloride to the fluid to bring the weight up to about 10 pounds per gallon.
Bentonite is mined in many states, but the best grade (Wyoming bentonite) is mined only in Wyoming and South Dakota. The chemical composition of the mixing water affects the ability of bentonite to develop desirable qualities.
Down-hole pressure required to continue circulation depends on friction, density (or weight of fluid column), and viscosity of the mobilized fluid. Ignoring thixotropy, the actual downward particle slip is constant regardless of velocity of flow. Mud density is increased by drill cuttings; the mud rising in the hole is heavier than the mud returning to the hole.
The drill's penetration rate could be exceeding the combined effort of the mud pit, desanders, and fluids to effectively separate solids from the drilling mud.
If you know the mud weight that enters and exits the drill hole, you can evaluate the efficiency of the mud pit and mechanical separators, determine when to clean the mud pit, and tell how well the mud is cleaning the hole. Occasionally, an artisan aquifer is penetrated, with formation pressure higher than the hydrostatic in-hole pressure.
If you add sufficient amounts of salt water to a fresh water and bentonite mud mixture, the dispersed platelets will form lumps.
Except for mud lost into the formation or where artisan water exceeding hydrostatic pressure flows into the hole, the return is largely complete and the mud-pit level does not change.
The type of flow depends on the cross-sectional area of the fluid course and the velocity, density, and viscosity of the fluid.
This will provide fluid to fill the hole and an excess volume to allow stilling and settlement or processing before returning to the drill string. Recirculating clean fluid reduces power requirements, wear, and erosion and enhances drilling rate.
By reducing or increasing fluid velocity, you can stabilize the wall and regain fluid circulation.
A loss can occur when cuttings are not washed out and the borehole annulus becomes restricted, resulting in increased down- hole pressure. This will prevent the cuttings and fall-in from settling back around the bit until the problem is solved.
A very thin fluid of 15 to 20 pounds of bentonite mixed in 100 gallons of water is suitable for injection in air-foam drilling. Down hole means the percussion motor (actuating device) is at the bottom of the drill string.
If drill penetration rates are high (30 fpm or more), you may need a higher up-hole velocity to clean the hole.
Top-head percussion drilling is not practical for deep boreholes because too much energy is lost in the long drill string. Efficiency of the compressor is adversely affected by wear within the compressor and the elevation and ambient temperature. Weight applied on the drill must be sufficient to push the drill bit into the drill (closed position) and hold it closed. If this weight is excessive, the hydraulic drive produces a series of pressure variations and the bit rotates in a sequence of starts and stops. The bit load, ideally a bottom string load, should exceed the maximum load required for the drill so the load can be properly adjusted by increasing hold back with the drill rig.
Water injection into the air line is common and is not detrimental to the lubrication process. You will need additives because the annulus area is greater than the cross-sectional area of the drill pipe, and the upward velocity in the annulus is much slower than the downward velocity inside the drill pipe. Water is pumped through the eductor at a high rate (600 to 1,200 GPM) producing a vacuum approaching 28 inches of mercury and pulling large volumes of water and cuttings.
The rotating swivel at the top of the drill string is complicated by the need to inject air. Eckel's cutting-edge designs, quality, and rugged durability have won us a world-wide reputation of a first-class product that insures years of trouble free service. Torque is applied to the drill string, which rotates by using three basic designs--rotary table, top head, and quill-and-drive bar. Roller bits designed for rock, rocky soil (gravel), and soft formations (shale) have long teeth. How weight is applied can also cause serious alignment problems and difficulty in well construction. Polymer fluids and water-based clay fluids (muds) are the primary additives used in water-well drilling.
The impermeable layer performs the same function as the filter cake in clay muds but does not restrict the annulus. The addition of heavy solids (ground barite) is ineffective because of the polymer fluid's lack of thixotropic qualities. Wyoming bentonite contains sodium montmorillonite (the active part of the clay mineral) and is small in size, which is important in building viscosity.
Viscosity is influenced by mud density, hole size, pumping rate, drilling rate, pressure requirements, and geology. However, when the upward velocity of fluid exceeds the downward particle slip, the new movement of the particle is upward. Use heavy drilling mud only when absolutely necessary to control pressures since the muds have disadvantages. To correct this problem, slow down the penetration rate and run the desanders to remove the solids.
When the borehole pressure is higher than the formation pressure, the drilling mud tends to penetrate more permeable formations. Because a thick filter cake is of a lower quality and depends on its thickness to be effective, it is more easily damaged and eroded.
The cuttings are coarser than the bentonite particles and may help bridge across formation pores. Viscosity and filtrate loss increase and the mud's ability to build a thin, impermeable filter cake decreases. Attapulgite clay does not have the physical qualities to build a thin, impermeable filter cake.
Even if the system is in equilibrium, you need to understand the up-hole rearrangement of flow patterns.
In water-well drilling, the cross-sectional area of the annulus is usually several times that of the inside diameter of the drill string. Design considerations include the anticipated depth and diameter of the drill hole, since the material cuttings from the hole will be deposited in the mud pits.
A volume of three times the hole volume will minimize drilling-fluid and mud-pit maintenance. However, if you do not recognize the condition and you continue drilling, the wall will slough and create a cavity. The longer you drill without circulation the more difficult it will be to reestablish circulation. If the formation will not take the fluid when you engage the pump clutch, the relief (pop-off) valve will operate to relieve the pressure.
If air flow is reduced from the volume required for air rotary drilling and the injection rate is tuned to the airflow, the foam leaves the hole as a slow-moving mass (Figure 5-15). To drill water wells with percussion drills, you need to balance drill paragraphmeters to the materials to be drilled.
The object of reshaping the button is to restore the hemispherical shape without removing excessive carbide material. If the hammer fails to start operating, do not let the bit rotate on the bottom of the hole because you could destroy the buttons. The injection pump and plumbing can be extremely dangerous if failure occurs because they are subjected to maximum pressure. As the piston strikes the bit shank (about 1,200 blows per minute at maximum air pressure), the constant rotation allows the bit buttons to chip continuously at new rock. Even with mechanical drive rotation, which is nearly positive movement, dragon the drill bit will cause twist in the drill string, resulting in erratic rotation of the bit. Do not overload the bottom string because the drill string weight increases as the depth increases.
Apparent change in the air return, cuttings returned from the annulus, and other indicators learned from experience also indicate an accumulation problem. Drill rigs used for pneumatic drilling are equipped with a small, positive displacement pump (injection pump). The maximum depth without air assist is about 200 feet and with air assist is up to 400 feet. Occasionally, cobbles or small boulders that are too large to pass can be wallowed to the bottom of the hole.
Making connections to add a joint of flanged pipe is more time consuming than with standard screwed-joint drill pipe. The horsepower required to drive a mud pump often exceeds the power required to hoist and rotate the drill string. Well drillers must have knowledge of drilling fluids and their use for successful rotary drilling. In very hard rock, stop mud rotary drilling; install casing to the rock layers, use a down-hole air hammer. Pressure from the weight of the fluid column in the annulus or from a restriction in the annulus caused by an accumulation of cuttings indicates insufficient cleaning. Drillers often use water in shallow clayey strata and depend on the formation clay to produce a suitable mud. Drilling-fluid weight impacts drilling rate and high-density drilling fluid reduces drilling rote. Some polymers possess physical qualities that can result in unusual hydration, gelling and viscosity.
If the water is too acidic, treat it with soda ash at a ratio of 1 to 5 pounds of soda ash per 100 gallons of water. Therefore, it is desirable to use a drilling mud of relatively low density and viscosity, moderate gel strength, and high yield point relative to the gel strength (a very thin fluid in circulation). Considering the thixotropic qualities of drilling mud, a funnel viscosity of 100 seconds per quart may be no more viscous than a funnel viscosity of 50 seconds per quart if both fluids are in motion.
Up-hole velocity plays a major role in determining the carrying capacity of the cumulating fluid.
Solids from the mud filter out and deposit on the wall, and the liquid phase of the mud (filtrate) enters the formation. If you can mix bentonite in fresh water first and then add salt water as make-up water, the bentonite flocculates; that flocculation can be reversed by chemical treatment. Because of the increase in volume in the annular space, flow at the point the fluid leaves the bit is turbulent. The cuttings lose velocity, become suspended in the cavity, and tend to fall back into the hole when you add a rod. Little can be done to free the drill string except to wash a small pipe down the annulus to the bit and jet the settled sand back into suspension.
In a hole of fine-grained soil or shale, where the alignment has significantly deviated and the drill pipe has wallowed into the wall, the pipe can become wall stuck. Some disadvantages to air rotary drilling are that air cannot support the wall of a hole in an unstable formation, changes in the return air flow are not as readily apparent as in mud flow, and air is not as effective in cooling and lubricating the drill bit and string.
The foam is laden with drill cuttings and the borehole is effectively cleaned with only 10 percent of the air volume required had foam not been used.
This drill is adaptable to most rigs and can drill water wells to depths exceeding 2,000 feet.
A dull bit is less efficient, works harder, is easily damaged, and has a reduced production rate.
As the air consumption of the percussion drill increases, the air pressure delivered to the drill increases (Table 5-8). Apply bit load by adding heavy drill pipe sections (drill collars) at the bottom of the drill string just above the bit.
If the rotation rate is not constant (stops and jumps), the buttons hammer several times at one place before jumping to new rock. Injecting water is helpful because it reduces dust at the surface, improves cuttings removal, and stabilizes the borehole wall. With reverse circulation, fluid is sucked up the drill string at a high velocity and then moved down the annulus. When several large pieces accumulate in the hole, you will have to pull the drill string and remove the rocks, using an orange peel bucket or similar device. The flanged joint makes a reasonably smooth joint inside, and the large torque required to rotate the bit does not over tighten the joint. The drill pipe is the link transmitting torque from the rig to the bit, and the pipe carries the drilling fluid down the hole. Drillers must also know about drilling-fluid additives used to prevent problems in drilling. Once spindling occurs, weight added by pulling down with the drill rig bends the string and magnifies the deviation. This type of pressure can cause formation damage, resulting in lost circulation and wall damage. The practical limits of up-hole velocity depend on pump size and capacity, inside diameter (ID) of the drill string, jet size in the bit, viscosity of the fluid, cross-sectional area of the annulus, and stability of the borehole wall. Figure 5-7 shows the nomograph for determining the hydrostatic head produced by drilling fluids. Slow down the pumping rate to reduce pressure on the formation while bridging the open spaces. Pipe friction and relatively high borehole pressure can move the pipe tighter into the wallowed groove as you pull the string.
You can drill boreholes 2 feet or more in diameter with a well-tuned air-foam operation using air compressors. To operate the drill, you hoist, handle, and rotate the drill string and drill motor and have an adequate air supply. The flat area of each button is symmetrical around the cutting point and each button wears equally, which makes reshaping simple.
For example, if a percussion drill consumes 150 cfm of air at 200 psi, you will need a compressor that maintains 200 psi while losing 150 cfm of air to drill at 200 psi. If you add a sufficient load at the bottom, you can hold the drill string in tension while drilling.
Adjust the rotation speed to the penetration rate and use the constancy of the rotation to regulate weight on the bit.
Air bubbles injected into the circulation system at the bit increase turbulence and velocity and decrease fluid density inside the drill string.
The vacuum lift is from the water level in the hole to the rotary water swivel; the maximum suction lift is 22 to 25 feet. Preventing drilling problems, such as an unstable borehole wall or a stuck tool, is easier than fixing the problem after it occurs. You should never use the chain pulldown to advance the hole beyond the first run (20 feet). Polymer fluids are very different from clay muds because a large part of the polymer is soluble in water and becomes a solution when mixed with water.
Factors that affect the viscosity are quality of polymer, concentration and size of colloid, metallic ions in mixing water, temperature, rate of shear, and pH. Although the polymer fluid is not thixotropic and has no gel strength, it thins somewhat while being pumped. Up-hole velocity is not as simple as the comparison of pump capacity, drill string ID, and annulus. The increased pressure is further increased by the pump pressure required to mobilize the fluid in circulation. With sufficient bridging, a suitable filter cake follows, circulation is regained, and normal drilling operations are resumed. The returning fluid velocity is slower and the drill fluid is more dense and probably has more apparent viscosity, which affects the flow pattern.
Other problems can result from subtle changes in geology, imbalances in the drilling operation, or equipment failure. An alert driller should recognize early stages of deviation and take measures to realign the hole.
You can supplement the air supply with an auxiliary (tag-along) compressor through simple plumbing. Marking the center of the flat with ink represents the original cutting point and is the same length from the bit body as the other buttons. Erratic rotation also causes the buttons to penetrate too deep, increasing drag on rotation and excessive wear and button breakage. This method of drilling is used primarily for large-diameter, shallow (over 300 feet) water wells in alluvial materials.
Producing cuttings faster than you can remove them can cause serious problems, such as the drill string sticking in the hole, excessive completion delays, and loss of equipment and the hole. Long, complicated molecular chains tie up the water and can build viscosity without solids. To clean the hole and carry the drill cuttings out, turbulent flow in the annulus would be better. An experienced driller that knows the rig can often drill blind successfully, but reestablishing circulation is always safer. Water injection improves lubrication of the drill string, provides some cooling of the compressed air and drill system, and is beneficial for rock drilling. In water-well drilling, many polymers are manufactured for producing drilling fluids, such as E-Z Mud, Revert, and Poly-Sal. In formations that are strong enough to withstand the pressures without being damaged, the drilling operation can still suffer. Such deviations actually result from crowding the bit (trying to increase the penetration rate by overloading the bit).

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