The impact of frictional forces on the overall forces when drilling with a PDC bit has previously been implied by models and by single cutter and bit tests. This report describes new experiments to measure friction between three different bit surface materials and two different rocks over a wide range of normal stresses in up to four different fluids. Polished PDC cutters are shown to have lower frictional forces on the face of the cutter than standard cutters in both water and mineral oil. The measured friction coefficients were generally higher than reported in previous studies.
Friction on PDC Cutters at High Normal Stress
Contributed by the Petroleum Division and presented at the ETCE Houston, Texas, February 1–3, 1999, of THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS. Manuscript received by the Petroleum Division, March 26, 1999; revised manuscript received April 16, 2002. Editor: A. K. Wojtanowicz.
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Smith, J. R., Lund, J. B., and Galloway, R. K. (August 6, 2002). "Friction on PDC Cutters at High Normal Stress ." ASME. J. Energy Resour. Technol. September 2002; 124(3): 146–153. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1485745
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