Pressure wave propagation in Managed Pressure Drilling- model comparison with real life data
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Original versionLinköping Electronic Conference Proceedings. 2019, (170), 91-98. 10.3384/ecp2017091
Drilling for oil and gas is a complex process, involving pumping of fluid through kilometers of pipes. Even though the drilling fluid has a high speed of sound (˜1000 m/s), the large lengths involved make pressure wave propagation significant in timescales where such phenomena can usually be neglected in other processes. Managed pressure drilling, a technological extension of conventional drilling, adds a choke on the return flow from the drilling process. Significant work has been done in recent years on creating a simplified model of the process, often by neglecting distributed dynamics, and using this for controller design. This paper compares the simplified model most often used, with a distributed partial differential equation (PDE) model and compare the performance with measured data for wave propagation while doing managed pressure drilling. Fluid structure interaction and theoretical vs recorded speed of sound are discussed.