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  • Open Access

    EDITORIAL

    Preface

    Deli Gao1
    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.89, No.1, 2012
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    ARTICLE

    On a Method of Prediction of the Annular Pressure Buildup in Deepwater Wells for Oil & Gas

    Deli Gao1, Feng Qian1, Huikai Zheng1
    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.89, No.1, pp. 1-16, 2012, DOI:10.3970/cmes.2012.089.001
    Abstract In deepwater wells for exploration and exploitation of oil & gas, the wellhead structure is of importance, and the annular pressure cannot be released after the casing hanger is set. The pressure changes in the casing annuli, caused by the temperature changes during the drilling and production processes, will increase the risk of failure of the casing. Therefore, a study of the safety of the casing in deepwater wells, by considering the complex engineering factors, will be of both academic as well as practical significance. In this paper, a model for the interactions among the casing-cement-formation system is established, by… More >

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    ARTICLE

    On 3D FE Analyses For Understanding & Designing the Processes of Casing-Window-Milling for Sidetracking From Existing Wells

    Zhaohui Xu1, Deli Gao1
    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.89, No.1, pp. 17-24, 2012, DOI:10.3970/cmes.2012.089.017
    Abstract Little is explained about the process of casing window milling for sidetracking due to lack of analytical method for its mechanical characteristic. In this paper, 3D FE models are established using the commercial finite-element software ABAQUS/Explicit to make simulation analysis for two key stages of the process including the initial stage of casing milling and the stage of full-gauge casing window milling. The models involve the effects of main drilling parameters such as reaction force, torque, speed, feed rate per revolution, and milling angle. The calculation results verify the capability and advantages of 3D FE simulation for the process of… More >

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    ARTICLE

    Mechanical Analyses of Casings in Boreholes, under Non-uniform Remote Crustal Stress Fields: Analytical & Numerical Methods

    Fei Yin1, Deli Gao1
    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.89, No.1, pp. 25-38, 2012, DOI:10.3970/cmes.2012.089.025
    Abstract The methods to design the casings used in oilfields, are currently based on the assumptions that the remote crustal-stress-field is axially symmetric, in plane strain. However, most of the failures of the casings are caused by non-uniform and asymmetric far-field crustal stresses, so that it is necessary for a proper design of the casings, to investigate and understand the casing's behavior under non-uniform far-field crustal stresses. A mechanical model is first established for the system, consisting of the casing and formation, by using the plane strain theory of linear elasticity. The non-uniform crustal stress is resolved into a uniform stress… More >

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    ARTICLE

    A Method for the Detection of the Distance & Orientation of the Relief Well to a Blowout Well in Offshore Drilling

    Cui Li1, Deli Gao1, Zhiyong Wu1, Binbin Diao1
    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.89, No.1, pp. 39-56, 2012, DOI:10.3970/cmes.2012.089.039
    Abstract At present, a relief well is the most reliable method to control serious blowout accidents, and it is necessary to detect very accurately the relative position of the relief well and the blowout well. The detection tool should be capable of detecting directly the relative distance and direction between the relief well and the blowout well. Its detection accuracy should also meet the engineering demand of drilling a relief well. Using the working principle of a proposed detection tool, this paper analyzes the spread and attenuation laws of the current injected by a single-electrode or three-electrode array in the relief… More >

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    ARTICLE

    A Study on the Stability of the Borehole in Shale, in Extended-reach Drilling

    Baohua Yu1, Chuanliang Yan1, Deli Gao1,2, Jinxiang Li3
    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.89, No.1, pp. 57-78, 2012, DOI:10.3970/cmes.2012.089.057
    Abstract Shale is easy to hydrate and often causes a collapse of the borehole during drilling, especially in drilling extended-reach wells (ERW). In order to solve the problem of collapse of the shale, the changinges in the mechanical properties of shale, as affected by hydration and water absorption, are studied in this paper, through experiments. The relationships between the mechanical properties of shale and the water content are established. The borehole-stability models, which couple chemistry and mechanics are established, by considering the anisotropy of swelling, based on the experimental results. The stability of shale in the borehole is analyzed to obtain… More >

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