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Experimental and numerical investigation of oilwell drilling dynamics

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    Dr Ing
    Prof Pavlovskaia
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Project Description

During oilwell drilling, the formation drill-bit interaction can cause various dynamical responses of the drill-bit, and these can in turn impact on the whole of the drill-string.

Axial, lateral and torsional vibrations of the drill-string can result in reduced rate of penetration. Poor quality of wellbore is also common, with formation damage and high dogleg severity not unusual.

This project aims to investigate drilling dynamics by developing advanced mathematical models and verifying them experimentally using laboratory drilling rigs.

The successful candidate should have, or expect to have an Honours Degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Engineering, Physics or other numerate discipline. With knowledge of Mechanical engineering, strong analytical and computer programming skills essential. Some knowledge of dynamics and solid mechanics.

The ideal candidate will have strong analytical and mathematical modelling skills, good programming skills, and been keen to undertake experimental studies.

The other supervisor on this project is Prof M Wiercigroch, School of Engineering.

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project it is for self-funded students only


Application Process:

Formal applications can be completed online: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply. You should apply for PhD in Engineering, to ensure that your application is passed to the correct College for processing. Please ensure that you quote the project title and supervisor on the application form.

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr J Ing (j.ing@abdn.ac.uk) with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Graduate School Admissions Unit (cpsgrad@abdn.ac.uk).

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