Drillstring vibrations are generally considered to be detrimental to downhole drilling equipment because they produce cyclic or fatigue loading. Tool joint failures, tubular washouts, and bit breakage are often fatigue related. On the positive side, dynamic forces applied to roller cone rock bits have the potential to increase penetration rate. This paper quantifies the available vibration energy at the bit and shows how to control the level of energy through bottom hole assembly design and rotary speed.

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