Based on our previously developed prototype simulator, a transient cuttings transport simulator using the two-layer model was developed with some modifications and improvements for more practical use. To evaluate functionality and potential of the simulator, a post analysis on hole cleaning were carried out for an actual extend reach well (ERW) drilled in Japan. Simulation results showed that the modified model successfully demonstrated transient distributions of cuttings bed height and annular pressure over the whole trajectory of the well. From the comparison with a conventional steady-state analysis, transient simulation over the whole trajectory was found to be crucial and useful for prediction of behaviors unrecognized by steady-state simulations.

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