Performance and reliability are paramount with today’s well engineering and drilling challenges. The trends are to drill deeper, in harsher environments, at higher pressures and temperatures and to increase production from wells in unconventional fields.

During product development, engineers must investigate a variety of designs that investigate multiple physics disciplines faster, smarter and more efficiently. Engineering simulation supports robust design of every drilling component - from drill bits, rigs, sensors and tools to shale shakers and mud tanks.

ANSYS engineering simulation for drilling and completions technologies provide insight into how equipment will perform in real-life conditions. Simulation can address potential failure modes at the earliest stages of product design, resulting in informed product design decision that lead to increased drilling speed and minimized maintenance and intervention. The operational insight that you gain can significantly reduce non-productive time.

For well engineering and intervention, ANSYS software supports tool drop and impact, vibration, fatigue, electronic cooling, sensor design, seals and complex contact, and erosion analysis. Hydraulic fracturing companies use ANSYS technology to optimize fracking stages, processes and machinery. Simulation provides a clear understanding of these important parameters for better well performance.

The suite of comprehensive engineering simulation for drilling and completions solutions offers multiphysics and systems-level capabilities to help engineers understand complex interdependencies and real-life performance of components, subsystems and complete drill-string systems. ANSYS simulation is regularly used to make informed trade-offs among cost, safety and reliability that maximize outcome over the life of the well.


  • Drilling Rigs
  • Sensors and Logging Tools
  • Steerable Drill Strings, Downhole Tools

Drilling Rigs

Onshore and offshore drilling rigs represent systems with many components. These systems must work reliably and continuously in harsh or remote settings, while protecting the crew members on-board.

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Sensors and Logging Tools

Oil and gas production is a balance of factors including safety, cost, reliability, performance, regulation and production targets over the life of the field. This balance is always difficult to achieve. Multiphase-flow, high-pressure, high-temperature conditions as well as changing operating conditions (hurricane wind forces and wave impact) create complex design challenges that involve interacting physics.

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Steerable Drill Strings, Downhole Tools

Drilling and downhole tools must be designed for maximum reliability. As downhole pressures and temperatures increase — along with drill lengths — tool performance must be optimized for precise positioning and control, designed to operate in more corrosive environments at high pressure and high temperature, and be able to withstand fatigue, vibration and thermal stresses.

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