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Semi-Active Hydropneumatic Heave Compensator

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William H. Cuellar, Eugenio Fortaleza

Universidade de Brasilia, Brasilia, DF, Brazil

Paper No. OMAE2014-23564, pp. V01AT01A043; 6 pages
  • ASME 2014 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 1A: Offshore Technology
  • San Francisco, California, USA, June 8–13, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4537-0
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


A hydropneumatic heave compensation system and a semi-active control are proposed according to the requirements drilling offshore of 6 km deep. The goal of this semi-active control is to maintain an acceptable performance of the system when the drill string mass changes, which also changes the performance of the hydropneumatic system. The control action is executed just by a servo valve, which modifies the system damping to optimize the compensator performance. This servo valve is the only moving part of the control system and therefore, this system is more robust regarding mechanical/ electrical failures and it has low consumption energy. The results show a satisfactory frequency response of semi-active control when the drill string mass is changed.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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