One unconventional application that researchers have been investigating for enhancing drilling performance, has been implemented through improving and stabilizing the most effective downhole drilling parameters including (i) increasing downhole dynamic weight on bit (DDWOB), (ii) stabilizing revolution per minutes (rpm), (iii) minimizing destructive downhole vibrations, among many others.

As one portion of a three-part-research that consists of a comprehensive data analysis and evaluation of a static compression hysteresis, dynamic compression hysteresis, and corresponding drilling tests, this research investigates through static cyclic loading “Hysteresis” of individual and combined springs and damping the functionality of the passive Vibration Assisted Rotary Drilling (pVARD) tool that could be utilized towards enhancing the drilling performance.

Tests are conducted on the two main pVARD tool sections that include (i) Belleville springs, which represent the elasticity portion and (ii) the damping section, which represents the viscous portion. Firstly, tests were conducted through static cyclic loading “Hysteresis” of (i) a mono elastic, (ii) a mono viscus, and (iii) dual elastic-viscus cyclic loading scenarios for the purpose of further examining pVARD functionality.

For performing static compression tests, a calibrated geomechanics loading frame was utilized, and various spring stacking of different durometer damping were tested to seek a wide-range data and to provide a multi-angle analysis.

Results involved analyzing loading and displacement relationships of individual and combined springs and damping are presented with detailed report of data analysis, discussion, and conclusions.

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