Downhole generator based on a line pulse transformer for electro pulse drilling

D. Molchanov, V. Vazhov, I. Lavrinovich, V. Lavrinovich, N. Ratakhin

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Ever-increasing energy demands require new energy sources. Modern oil extraction industry is targeted to extracting oil products at large depths [1]. Some European countries, for example, Switzerland, Germany, develop technologies for geothermal energy harvesting from the natural heat of the Earth [2]. Accomplishing these goals needs new scientific approach to deep and ultra-deep drilling. One of the most efficient methods of ultra-deep boring is electro-pulse disintegration of rocks [3], which is based on the effect of discharge channel penetration into a solid discovered in Tomsk, Russia [4-6]. Clearly, the location of a high-voltage pulse generator on the surface decreases the efficiency of energy transfer to a well bottom and hence the drilling efficiency. For enhancing the efficiency, the generator should be located in the immediate proximity to the drill head, i.e., it should be downhole. Here we consider the possibility of designing and using a downhole generator based on a line pulse transformer (LPT generator) for electro-pulse-boring of rocks. Preliminary laboratory tests on different rock samples demonstrate that the LPT generator provides a 30 % higher specific output compared to Marx generators conventionally used in the technology. The LPT generator design is rather simple and admits a smaller number of switches, which increases its reliability and lifetime. It is also possible to realize an LPT circuit with a pulse current generator (LPT-PCG circuit) to further enhance the discharge energy and the generator efficiency compared to Marx generators.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE 21st International Conference on Pulsed Power, PPC 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781509057481
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event21st IEEE International Conference on Pulsed Power, PPC 2017 - Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Jun 201722 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE International Pulsed Power Conference
ISSN (Print)2158-4915
ISSN (Electronic)2158-4923


Conference21st IEEE International Conference on Pulsed Power, PPC 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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