Mechanics of directional drilling

Emmanuel Detournay, Julien Marck, Luc Perneder

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Drilling deep boreholes that weave complex trajectories in the subsurface has been made possible with the development of directional drilling. The need for complicated well paths arises, within the context of oil-and-gas exploration and production, from a variety of reasons. These include accessing a hydrocarbon reservoir capped by a salt dome, complying with constraints on the location of the rig relative to the target, drilling multiple wells from one location to reduce cost or limit environmental impacts, and rescuing a distressed well. A key factor in the ability to complete complex wells has been the emergence of the rotary steerable systems (RSS) in the late 1990s. These servo-controlled downhole robots steer the bit by either applying a force on the borehole wall or by tilting the bit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRock Mechanics and Engineering Volume 4
Subtitle of host publicationExcavation, Support and Monitoring
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)9781317481911
ISBN (Print)9781138027626
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, London, UK.


Dive into the research topics of 'Mechanics of directional drilling'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this