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
    Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Eastern Regional Meeting 2003, ERM 2003
    PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
    ISBN (Print)9781555639624
    StatePublished - 2003
    EventSPE Eastern Regional Meeting 2003, ERM 2003 - Pittsburgh, United States
    Duration: 6 Sep 200310 Sep 2003

    Publication series

    NameSPE Eastern Regional Meeting


    ConferenceSPE Eastern Regional Meeting 2003, ERM 2003
    Country/TerritoryUnited States


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