CALCULATION OF STRETCHING AND BENDING STRESS IN A CASING STRING INSTALLED IN A WELL WITH A COMPLEX PROFILE

  • I. I. Paliychuk Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas
Keywords: casing string; curved wellbore; axial force; wall reaction; stress-strain state

Abstract

The casing column in the curvilinear well is represented as a long solid elastic rod. It has a vertically acting
weight, which is evenly distributed along the length and creates variable axial tensile forces in the column body. At the same time, it is influenced by the reaction forces of the borehole walls, which, together with the weight, bend the column of initially straight pipes. It is assumed that the casing axis replicates the axis of the bent borehole, and the walls reaction is continuously distributed along the length according to a certain law, which, together with the weight, bends the column of the initially straight pipes. A system of differential equilibrium equations of internal and external forces and moments was composed. This system was supplemented to a closed form with the differential equation of curvature. This system describes large deformations of a long elastic rod in one plane. The introduction of the distributed weight, wall reactions and resistance forces into the calculation makes it non-uniform. Its feature is the need to solve the inverse problem. In this case the external load and rod deformations defined by the well shape in the form of an inclinometric data table are known. The unknown internal forces and the function of the walls reaction which creates its predetermined shape must be determined. It is established that this function depends on the distribution of axial forces caused by weight and resistance forces. As a result the system was reduced to a linear inhomogeneous differential equation with variable coefficients of the first order as to the axial
force and its solution was obtained as a sum of integrals. It is shown that one of them can be found in quadratures only in the case of a constant radius of curvature of the well. This necessitated the use of numerical integration methods. Formulas for the distribution of axial forces and bending moments in the body of the column, as well as the reactions of the walls leading the column to the actual well profile are obtained from the solution of the basic equation. To calculate these force factors, a method for numerical integration of inclinometric measurements data and software for numerical analysis of a real well are developed. This technique allows to detect the areas of local increase of the curvature and difficult passage of the curvilinear wellbore and to calculate the main parameters of the stress-strain state of the casing column in it.

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Published
2019-03-29
How to Cite
Paliychuk, I. I. (2019). CALCULATION OF STRETCHING AND BENDING STRESS IN A CASING STRING INSTALLED IN A WELL WITH A COMPLEX PROFILE. Prospecting and Development of Oil and Gas Fields, (1(70), 77-88. https://doi.org/10.31471/1993-9973-2019-1(70)-77-88