What is drilling?

  • (noun): The act of drilling a hole in the earth in the hope of producing petroleum.
    Synonyms: boring, oil production
    See also — Additional definitions below


Drilling is a cutting process that uses a drill bit to cut or enlarge a hole of circular cross-section in solid materials. The drill bit is a rotary cutting tool, often multipoint. The bit is pressed against the workpiece and rotated at rates from hundreds to thousands of revolutions per minute. This forces the cutting edge against the workpiece, cutting off chips from what will become the hole being drilled.

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Some articles on drilling:

Conductor Pipe
... Conductor pipe is tyically set, on petroleum wells, before any drilling operations are performed ... set with special pile-driving or spudder rigs, though the drilling rig is sometimes used to save time and money ... In the offshore drilling industry, the conductor pipe is set in the seabed, and is a key structural foundation for the subsea wellhead ...
Lost Circulation - Control
... Controlled losses allows drilling to continue while keeping the wellbore full, preventing an influx of gas or fluid into the wellbore, known as a" kick", which can lead to a blowout ... Continuing drilling while pumping drilling fluid is one option, though continued drilling while pumping water is less costly and more often used ... Sometimes the cuttings from continued drilling will aid in reducing or stop losses altogether ...
List Of Components Of Oil Drilling Rigs
... This article lists the main components of a petroleum onshore drilling rig ... Offshore drilling rigs have similar elements, but are configured with a number of different drilling systems to suit drilling in the marine environment ...
Lost Circulation - Consequences
... The consequences of lost circulation can be as little as the loss of a few dollars of drilling fluid, or as disastrous as a blowout and loss of life, so close ... Another consequence of lost circulation is called "dry drilling" ... Dry drilling occurs when fluid is completely lost from the well bore without actual drilling coming to a stop ...
Drilling - Related Processes
... are some related processes that often accompany drilling Counterboring This process creates a stepped hole in which a larger diameter follows a smaller ... Friction drilling drilling holes using plastic deformation of the subject (under heat and pressure) instead of cutting it ...

More definitions of "drilling":

  • (noun): The act of drilling.
    Synonyms: boring

Famous quotes containing the word drilling:

    Don’t spend your time in drilling soldiers, who may turn out hirelings after all, but give to undrilled peasantry a country to fight for.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)