Numerical Investigation of Laser Drilling

N. Bjorndalen, H. A. Belhaj, K. R. Agha, M. R. Islam

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    The need for a new method of drilling oil and gas wells is immense. Current drilling techniques used were developed at the beginning of the last century. Many problems persist with this method including downtime due to dull bits, the lack of precise vertical or horizontal wells and formation fluid leakage during drilling due to the lack of a seal around the hole. Laser drilling is a new technology that has been proposed as a method to eliminate the current problems while drilling and provide a less expensive alternative to conventional methods. Although lasers have found widespread use in many industries, it is only recently that research in this area has been redirected to the oil and gas industry. A numerical model was developed and verified with previously published experimental data. A detailed parametric study is included and experimental design considerations are discussed. Laser drilling has great potential to revolutionize the oil and gas industry. Design considerations for a field application are presented, with discussion on economical and environmental impacts.

    Original languageBritish English
    Number of pages7
    StatePublished - 2003
    EventProceedings - SPE Eatern Meeting Conference and Exhibition - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
    Duration: 6 Sep 200310 Sep 2003


    ConferenceProceedings - SPE Eatern Meeting Conference and Exhibition
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityPittsburgh, PA


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