PG8502 - Mechanical Real-time Models in Drilling


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral exam
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam 100/100 1 hours D

Course content

The course covers a range of state-of-the-art models that describes various aspects in drillstring dynamics, such as surge and swab motions, torque and drag, bit rock interactions, axial, torsional and lateral vibration states. There is a focus on models that are particularly suited for real-time implementations, even though this is not an absolute requirement. The compulsory exercises involve substantial programming in Python, Matlab or equivalent.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The student will have deep understanding of problems in drilling and how models can mitigate these problems.

Skills: The student will have

  • Ability to implement models in computers.
  • Ability to select a proper model based on the problem at hand.
  • Ability to justify the choice of method.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, colloquium, discussions, projects.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Engineering (PHIV)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the PhD programme Engineering, specialization within Well Completion and Production Systems, or approval by the lecturer.

Course materials

Selected articles.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Algebra
  • Deep drilling Engineering
  • Computer Systems
  • Mechanics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: Oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral exam 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral exam 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
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