The Measurement While Drilling (MWD) tool is used by oil and gas industry to provide the directional survey information while drilling. With rig rates exceeding $1 million per day and wells that are drilled at depths of over 30,000 ft (9144 m), operators needs to have an MWD tool that can self-power itself to provide high data rates and strong signal strength. Among different types of MWD tool, the Continuous Mud-Pulse Telemetry (C-MPT) can generate high data rates and signal strength. The C-MPT has a rotating valve that propagates signal upstream through the drilling fluid in the drill string. However, the ability to power a C-MPT for the MWD tool using the existing hydraulic forces of the drilling fluid has not been extensively researched. The focus of this study was to propose the 2-lobe and 3-lobe turbo siren designs that can provide power to an alternator while maintain high data rates and signal strength. All turbo siren designs are based on a vein, rotor, and stator. The turbo siren systems were manufactured with 3D printing. An experimental wind tunnel was designed and built to simulate the downhole drilling environment. The testing results of the turbo siren systems are presented and discussed, including no-load rotation speed (RPM), stall torque, power and data rate. The results provide the guidance for the optimization of the self-powered MWD turbo siren design.

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