Real-time estimation of annular pressure profile and formation pressure is crucial for the execution and planning of a well control operation, especially when drilling formations with narrow pore and fracture pressure margins. A simple transient multi-phase simulator, capable of accurately representing gas and liquid dynamics while minimizing complexity and computational requirements, is highly desirable for real-time kick mitigation and control applications. Such a simulator is presented here in the form of a coupled ODE-PDE model composed of a first order ODE and a first order hyperbolic PDE. This model is shown to retain the dominating two-phase dynamics encountered during gas kick incidents. As a particular application, we demonstrate the use of the model in design of switched control algorithms for kick handling in a Managed Pressure Drilling setting. A Recursive Least Squares algorithm is employed for estimation of unknown model parameters.
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A Simplified Gas-Liquid Flow Model for Kick Mitigation and Control During Drilling Operations
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Aarsnes, UJF, Ambrus, A, Karimi Vajargah, A, Aamo, OM, & van Oort, E. "A Simplified Gas-Liquid Flow Model for Kick Mitigation and Control During Drilling Operations." Proceedings of the ASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference. Volume 2: Diagnostics and Detection; Drilling; Dynamics and Control of Wind Energy Systems; Energy Harvesting; Estimation and Identification; Flexible and Smart Structure Control; Fuels Cells/Energy Storage; Human Robot Interaction; HVAC Building Energy Management; Industrial Applications; Intelligent Transportation Systems; Manufacturing; Mechatronics; Modelling and Validation; Motion and Vibration Control Applications. Columbus, Ohio, USA. October 28–30, 2015. V002T20A002. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/DSCC2015-9791
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