H_inf control for suppressing stick-slip in oil well drillstrings

A.F.A. Serrarens, M.J.G. Molengraft, van de, J.J. Kok, L. Steen, van den

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We show, applying the linear H8 control design technique, that the suppression of stick-slip oscillations and transient behavior can be largely improved over a PD-like control system currently applied in oil well drilling. Using rough knowledge (e.g. size and induced oscillation frequency) of the friction disturbance, the appropriate choice of dynamic weighting functions can make the closed loop system robust toward the substantial uncertainty in the knowledge of the nonlinear friction. After an introduction to drilling engineering and a description of the drilling system, a condensed analysis of the stick-slip phenomenon in drillstrings and a brief history of control solutions for the drillstring problem are given, and H8 control solutions for allied systems are described. Then, the general principles of linear H8 control design are sketched. Subsequently, the H8 control design technique is applied to design a controller for the system under study. Next, the improved closed-loop behavior toward stick-slip oscillations is shown in simulations and experiments. Conclusions with respect to the results are drawn
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-30
JournalIEEE Control Systems Magazine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998


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