Using targeted energy transfer to stabilize drill-string systems

R. Viguié, G. Kerschen, J. C. Golinval, D. M. McFarland, L. A. Bergman, A. F. Vakakis, N. Van De Wouw

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Torsional vibration of the drill strings used in drilling oil and gas wells arises from a complex interaction of the dynamics of the drilling structure with speed-dependent effective rock-cutting forces. These forces are often difficult to model, and contribute substantially to the problems of controlling the drilling operation so as to produce steady cutting. We consider here the use of a nonlinear energy sink (NES), an attachment which has been shown to be effective in reducing or even eliminating self-excited motions in van der Pol and aeroelastic systems. The NES is a completely passive, inherently broadband vibration absorber capable of attracting and dissipating vibrational energy from primary structures, in this case nonlinear discontinuous models of drill-string systems. In this paper we describe a prototypical drill string-NES system, briefly discuss some of the analytical and computational tools suitable for its analysis, and then concentrate on mathematical results on the efficacy of the NES in this application and their physical interpretation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIMAC-XXV - Celebrating 25 Years of IMAC
StatePublished - 2007
Event25th Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics 2007, IMAC-XXV - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Feb 19 2007Feb 22 2007

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series
ISSN (Print)2191-5644
ISSN (Electronic)2191-5652


Other25th Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics 2007, IMAC-XXV
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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