Active Vibration Damper Sub

SureDrill-AVD™

APS’s Active Vibration Damper (AVD™)* is a standalone downhole tool that autonomously adapts to changing downhole BHA motion in real time to minimize axial, lateral and torsional drill string vibration. The AVD has demonstrated 50% improvements in rate of penetration (ROP) and doubling of bit life in the field due to reduced vibration. Other downhole drill string components, like MWD / LWD tools, also benefit from lower vibration.

Applications

Reduce vibration in downhole drilling operations

Structurally, the AVD is similar to a shock-sub, with the addition of a damper section that has programmable stiffness. The damper chamber is filled with a magnetorheological fluid that has electronically controlled viscosity. An integrated motion sensor measures displacement several times per second and changes the damping factor over a 7-to-1 range based on observed drilling conditions.

By keeping tool string damping in the right range for current drilling conditions, the AVD significantly reduces vibration, maintaining the bit in better contact with the formation and increasing ROP.

Features & Benefits

  • Self-contained drilling tool with no calibration or other rig maintenance required.

  • Records vibration data for later download.

Design

  • Tool Size: 6.75 in., 7.00 in. or 9.50 in. (171 mm, 178 mm or 241 mm) O.D.; 1.89 in. (48 mm) I.D. for 6.75 in. and 7.00 in. O.D., 3.00 in. (76 mm) I.D. for 9.50 in. O.D.

  • Structurally similar to a shock-sub, with the addition of a damper section that has programmable stiffness.