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A Simplified Gas-Liquid Flow Model for Kick Mitigation and Control During Drilling Operations

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Ulf Jakob F. Aarsnes, Ole Morten Aamo

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Adrian Ambrus, Ali Karimi Vajargah, Eric van Oort

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Paper No. DSCC2015-9791, pp. V002T20A002; 10 pages
  • 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
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5725-0
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


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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