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Single Cutter Test Machine Type 1002



Application

  • The application is in research into cutting heads used for drilling in oil fields, where the cutting head is driven by a flexible drive shaft. The drive shaft can be up to 2km long and there is a certain amount of windup/springiness in such a system. When the cutting head sees a particularly hard piece of rock it can temporarily stall. Upon shearing the rock, the stored energy rapidly accelerates the cutter and drives it forward. This is arduous for the cutting tips.
  • The machine is designed for use in the laboratory to test cutters, aiming to replicate down hole cutting conditions as part of the research and development of cutting tips with improved life. In particular, this test rig can reproduce acceleration and deceleration and loads seen by the tips which have been previously measured by instrumentation in the field.

Machine specification

  • Test bed frame to accommodates rock piece
  • The actuators may be operated under either load or displacement control.
  • The test is programmed via a PC and Si-Plan's 879 digital servo controller and data acquisition unit.
  • The machine can achieve linear acceleration and de-accelerations or a waveform.
  • Waveforms can be uploaded as CSV files.

  • X Axis
    • Lateral hydraulic servo actuator
    • Force up to 15kN
    • Stroke 1000mm
    • Speed 0 1000mm/second
    • 25kN load cell
    • Integral displacement transducer
  • Y Axis
    • Servo control of the rock table position in the horizontal axis perpendicular to the travel of the cutter
    • Measurement of load in the horizontal plane 90 to the direction of travel
    • Load range: 0 10kN one direction.
  • Z Axis
    • Downward force hydraulic servo actuator
    • 100mm of vertical adjustment
    • Force up to 15kN
    • Stroke 20mm
    • 25kN Load cell
    • Integral displacement transducer
  • 5.8 litre per minute hydraulic power pack


Updated 30 October 2009



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