P17301: LORD Downhole Test Simulator


Project Summary Project Information

LORD Corporation designs and manufactures multiple vibration isolators and shock dampers for use in downhole fracking drills. Currently, LORD is sending their product offsite to undergo necessary testing. Ideally, LORD would like to have more control over the testing process by bringing the testing in-house. This means easy access to an onsite testing apparatus which will provide the necessary drilling simulation equipment. The testing facility will include hardware to expose the components to various temperatures, pressures, vibrations, axial and lateral loads, and other conditions that they may encounter during use.

LORD is looking for a feasibility study including a thorough cost analysis and 3D models. The cost analysis is to include the cost of parts along with the cost of utilities needed to run the simulator. The test simulator will be developed for a wide range of users at an in-house facility. A wide range of product lines will be tested on this test stand. The limitations and constraints for the test stand will be determined and reported during the project.

For a full project description, click on the following link for the Project Readiness Package.

Project Name
Downhole Test Simulator Feasibility Study
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Faculty Guide
Gary Werth, gdwddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Keith Ptak
Sponsor (financial support)
Zach Fuhrer
Dr. Amitabha Ghosh, Dr. Marca Lam, Dr. Stephen Boedo, Mr. John Wellin
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Team Members

From left to right: Matt, Hyungsuk, Sam, Abby, Dan, Jason, Nick

From left to right: Matt, Hyungsuk, Sam, Abby, Dan, Jason, Nick

Member Discipline Role Contact
Matt Biron Mechanical Engineer Structural Lead mtb3223@rit.edu
Daniel Bowers Electrical Engineer Purchasing & Controls Lead dab9683@rit.edu
Nicholas Fewell Electrical Engineer Controls Lead & Scribe naf5173@rit.edu
Hyungsuk Kang Mechanical Engineer Torsional Loading Lead hk6109@rit.edu
Abby Tremont Industrial Engineer Project Manager aft2277@rit.edu
Jason Whyte Mechanical Engineer Lead Engineer & Mud Lead jmw6228@rit.edu
Sam Zimmerman Mechanical Engineer Axial/Lateral & Web Lead smz7804@rit.edu

Table of Contents


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation

Work Breakdown and Final Documents

Project Definition Design Documents Validation Hardware Documentation Project Management Final Deliverables

One Page Summary

Project Readiness Package

Project Description

House of Quality

Functional Decomposition

System Block Diagram

Morphological Chart

Pugh Chart

Benchmarking Table

Prototype Drawings

Test Summary Matrix

Test & Analysis Plans

Test & Analysis Results

Prototype BOM

3D Printed Model

Control Schema

Full Scale Drawings

Full System BOM

Release of Copyright

Confirmation of Project Success

Risk Management

Problem Tracking

Risk Reduction Plan

Team Values and Norms


Gantt Chart

Self Critique

Imagine RIT Proposal Confirmation


Technical Paper

Feasibility Study - Volume 1 - Executive Summary

Feasibility Study - Volume 2 - Technical Overview

Feasibility Study - Volume 3 - Purchasing Overview

Final Presentation