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Numerical Simulation of Motion of Rotating Drill Pipe due to Magnus Effect in Riserless Drilling

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Tomoya Inoue, Kazuyasu Wada, Miki Y. Matsuo

JAMSTEC, Yokohama, Japan

Hiroyoshi Suzuki, Thaw Tar, Hidetaka Senga

Osaka University, Suita, Japan

Paper No. OMAE2017-62327, pp. V008T11A014; 7 pages
  • ASME 2017 36th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 8: Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology; Petroleum Technology
  • Trondheim, Norway, June 25–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5776-2
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


During riserless drilling operations, which are carried out in some scientific drillings and in the initial stages of all drilling operations in oil and gas exploration, a lifting force is generated in addition to a drag forces in ocean current environment owing to the ocean current and the rotation of the drill pipe. This is called the Magnus effect, and it is a critical phenomenon during such operations.

First, the lifting and drag forces are calculated using the computational fluid dynamic (CFD), and the lift and drag coefficients are calculated for several rotational velocities of the drill pipe and the velocities of the ocean current. It can be observed through the calculations that the lifting force increases as the rotational velocity of the drill pipe increases, and it reaches a level of approximately several times that of the drag force. The force reaches such a considerably high magnitude that it can induce the motions of the drill pipe, resulting in the generation of a high bending moment.

An analytical model of a drill pipe has been established by applying an absolute nodal coordinate formulation (ANCF), which can express a relatively flexible and long pipe, such as a drill pipe. ANCF is a finite element method, and was basically developed to analyze deformable linear objects such as the cable. With ANCF, the absolute slopes of elements are defined based on the absolute nodal coordinate. Finally, the drill pipe motions are simulated using the established model by applying the results of CFD simulations for sample cases and referencing the operation of the Chikyu.

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