Drilling Stabilizer DefinitionA drilling stabilizer is a piece of down hole equipment used in the Bottom Hole Assembly BHA of a Drill String. It mechanically stabilizes the Bottom Hole Assembly BHA in the borehole in order to avoid unintentional Sidetracking, vibrations, and ensure the quality of the hole being drilled. Drilling stabilizer is composed of a hollow cylindrical body and stabilizing blades, both made of high-strength steel. The drilling stabilizer blades can be either straight or spiraled, and are hard faced for wear resistance.
Drilling Stabilizer Applications
- Drilling stabilizers are mandatory for centralizing the Drill Collars in the hole.
- As drilling stabilizer numbers increased in the Drill String as the stiffness or rigidity of the Drill String increases which increases the ability of the Drill Collars to drill a smooth and straight hole and reduces the undesirable Drilling Bits movement, such as bit wobble, which reduces bit life.
- Also because of the large diameter of the drilling stabilizer, it will provide some reaming action and wipe the walls of the hole to ensure a full-gauge hole.
What Is The Major Drilling Stabilizer Types Used In The Drill String?
The Steel Body Spiral Drilling StabilizerThis kind of drilling stabilizer have wings or blades that are an integral part of the drilling stabilizer body. The blades make a 360 degree contact with the well bore. The outer surfaces of the blades are curved to fit the curvature of the well bore wall. This bearing surface provides bore hole wall contact and permits the stabilizers to hold the Drill Collar assembly centered in the hole There are two types of spiral blade Drilling stabilizer:
- The integral blade drilling stabilizer; The blades of the integral blade stabilize are an integral part of the stabilizer body. Whenever the stabilizer has worn down to an unacceptable condition the entire stabilizer is sent to the shop for reconditioning. this one is suitable for hard and abrasive formations. It is used in the small hole sizes
- The replaceable sleeve drilling stabilizer; Which consists of the mandrel and the spiral sleeve. When the blades wear out, the sleeve can easily be detached from the mandrel at the rig and replaced with a reconditioned or new sleeve.It is used in large holes.
The Replaceable Wear Pad (RWP) Drilling Stabilizer
The RWP drilling stabilizer is good for deviation control. However, the RWP drilling stabilizer is difficult to wash over because of the inserts used and it generates higher torque than the spiral drilling stabilizer because of its longer pad length.
The Non-Rotating Drilling Stabilizer.Non Rotating Drilling Stabilizer consists of a mandrel and a polyurethane stabilizer sleeve which is free to rotate on the mandrel Since the polyurethane stabilizer sleeve does not rotate during drilling (only the mandrel rotates).
The non-rotating drilling stabilizer is used for reducing drilling torque by employing the ease of rotation between the polished mandrel and the polyurethane sleeve. Its use is most common in the very large hole sizes where the use of spiral steel drilling stabilizers would generate excess torque.
Non rotating drilling stabilizers are rarely used as near bit stabilizers because their radial stiffness is no more than the drill bit itself. Rather, they are used two or three collars above the bit.
Advantages of the non-rotating stabilizer are low cost and low torque and drag. The disadvantages include low radial stiffness, rapid wear and tearing of the urethane pads and inability to ream under-gauge holes.