Masters Theses


"Drilling related problems such as drillstring vibration is an important cause of premature failure of drillstring components and drilling inefficiency. The vibration of drillstring interferes with measurement collected while drilling. In severe cases, drillstring vibration will lead to wellbore instability that will result in an increase in the operation cost. In the late 1980's, a lot of studies and techniques were developed to mitigate drillstring vibration and downhole vibration measurements were introduced to the industry in two forms; real time measurements and memory devices measurements

A study of drillstring vibration of three different wells located in the Norwegian North Sea was analyzed. The bottom hole assembly (BHA) of two wells consisted of anti-vibration technology. The study involved a verification of anti stalling technology (AST) and V-stab vibration reduction tools. Part of the study illustrates the different in lateral vibration in different wells of matching lithology which include a statistical analysis of anti-vibration tools performance. Finally, a statistical analysis was conducted on downhole vibration measurement to investigate the sampling rate of the device.

Alternating lithology has a big impact on lateral vibration; however, lateral vibration is not the same for different wells in the same formations due to the difference in the BHA assemblies. The study showed that lateral vibration using the V-stab was lower than the one using the AST tool. Considering torsional vibration, the analysis reveled that V-stab has a lower stick/slip severity than the AST tool. The field study showed that the roller-cone bit generates less torsional vibration than the PDC bit due to different cutting actions. One of the important findings was that there was no correlation between drillstring vibration and mechanical specific Energy (MSE)"--Abstract, page iii.


Nygaard, Runar

Committee Member(s)

Wei, Mingzhen
Bai, Baojun


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Petroleum Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2012


xv, 114 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-275).


© 2012 Mohammed Fayez Al Dushaishi, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Oil well drilling rigs -- Vibration -- Measurement
Oil wells -- Equipment and supplies

Thesis Number

T 9956

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