Now that we learned about the purpose of blowout preventers (BOPs) and some of their basic components, let’s take a look at where technologies associated with BOPs are located on a drill rig. Open the Drilling Interactive and follow the instructions below.
For review on the basic four components of a BOP we covered on the previous page start by clicking on the Blowout Preventer (BOP) Ram. Watch the short clip and answer the following question:
What does the shape of the ram determine/dictate and what is the shape of a pipe ram?
Next click on the Blowout Preventer (BOP) Blind Shear Ram.
Why are shear ram BOPs the most effective?
Wellbores that contain drill string piping will not be sealed by a blind ram. Click on the Blowout Preventer (BOP) Blind Ram and watch the short clip.
What is the shape of the blind rams, and what number of blind rams are used to seal the well?
Click on Blowout Preventer (BOP) Annular Type and watch the short clip.
Are Annular BOPs the most effective type of BOPs?
The crew can control the BOP system with the annualtor, also known as the Blowout Preventer (BOP) Closing Unit, that you should now locate.