A nonlinear dynamics model and qualitative analysis are presented to study the key effective factors for coupled axial/torsional vibrations of a drill string, which is described as a simplified, equivalent, flexible shell under axial rotation. Here, after dimensionless processing, the mathematical models are obtained accounting for the coupling of axial and torsional vibrations using the nonlinear dynamics qualitative method, in which excitation loads and boundary conditions of the drill string are simplified to a rotating, flexible shell. The analysis of dynamics responses is performed by means of the Runge-Kutta-Fehlberg method, in which the rules that govern the changing of the torsional and axial excitation are revealed, and suggestions for engineering applications are also given. The simulation analysis shows that when the drill string is in a lower-speed rotation zone, the torsional excitation is the key factor in the coupling vibration, and increasing the torsional stress of the drill string more easily leads to the coupling vibration; however, when the drill string is in a higher-speed rotating zone, the axial excitation is a key factor in the coupling vibration, and the axial stress in a particular interval more easily leads to the coupling vibration of the drill string.


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

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Drill Strings; Drills; Dynamics; Factor Analysis; Nonlinear Analysis; Rotation; Runge Kutta Methods; Vibrations (Mechanical); Engineering Applications; Non-Linear Dynamics Model; Qualitative Analysis; Qualitative Method; Runge-Kutta Fehlberg Method; Simulation Analysis; Torsional Excitation; Torsional Vibration; Vibration Analysis

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01 Jan 2016

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