Influence of casing pressure test on seal integrity of cementing first interface

Jiwei Jiang, Jun Li, Gonghui Liu, Yan Xi, Wai Li

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Casing pressure test is an important link of the oil and gas well cementing, but excessive casing pressure test may cause stress failure or plastically deformation of the cement sheath, and generate micro-annulus on the casing-cement sheath cemented surface, then lose seal integrity of the cement sheath. According to the basic theory of elastoplastic mechanics and considering the volume invariance of plastic strain and the influence of elastic strain on volume change, the Mohr-Coulomb criterion was used to establish the casing-cement sheath-surrounding rock combination model. The formula for calculating the micro-annulus of the casing pressure test was derived, the influence of the internal pressure of the casing during the pressure test and the elastic modulus of the cement sheath on the radial contact stress of the cement sheath cementation interface analyzed after the cementing operation was completed. The results showed that: (1) The generation of micro-annulus of casing pressure test was determined by the pressure increase process and the pressure relief process. The pressure increase process may lead the cement sheath into plasticity, and the radial stress at the interface turns into tensile stress and the micro-annulus could appear at the first interface by the decrease of internal pressure during pressure relief process. (2) The varying internal pressure had a great influence on the fatigue failure of the cement sheath, so the continuous multiple casing pressure test should be avoided after the cementing was completed. (3) Under the condition of maintaining the integrity of the cement sheath, increasing the tensile strength of the cement stone and reducing the elastic modulus of the cement stone could improve the pressure bearing capacity of the first interface during the casing pressure test. The model can provide a theoretical basis for the mechanical parameter design of the cement sheath, and provide guidance for on-site construction to reduce or avoid the risk of failure of the first interface seal integrity for the casing pressure test.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFunctional and Functionally Structured Materials III
EditorsYafang Han
PublisherTrans Tech Publications
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783035713848
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
EventChinese Materials Conference, 2018 - Fujian, China
Duration: 12 Jul 201816 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameMaterials Science Forum
Volume944 MSF
ISSN (Print)0255-5476
ISSN (Electronic)1662-9752


ConferenceChinese Materials Conference, 2018


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