Vol.18, No.6, 2022, pp.1719-1735, doi:10.32604/fdmp.2022.019799
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Determination of the Cement Sheath Interface and the Causes of Failure in the Completion Stage of Gas Wells
  • Xuesong Xing1, Renjun Xie1, Yi Wu1, Zhiqiang Wu1, Huanqiang Yang2,*
1 CNOOC Research Institute, Beijing, 100027, China
2 Yangtze University, Wuhan, 430100, China
* Corresponding Author: Huanqiang Yang. Email:
(This article belongs to this Special Issue: Meshless, Mesh-Based and Mesh-Reduction Methods Based Analysis of Fluid Flow in Porous Media)
Received 15 October 2021; Accepted 12 January 2022; Issue published 27 June 2022
Abstract

The bonding quality of the cement sheath interface decreases during well completion because of the change in the casing pressure. To explore the root cause of such phenomena, experiments on the mechanical properties and interface bonding strength of a cement sheath have been carried out taking the LS25-1 high-temperature and high-pressure (HTHP) gas field as an example. Moreover, a constitutive model of the cement sheath has been defined and verified both by means of a full-scale HTHP cement sheath sealing integrity evaluation experiment and three-dimensional finite element simulations. The results show that the low initial cementing surface strength is the root cause of cement sheath interface bonding failure. When the pressure in the casing exceeds a certain limit, the stress caused by the change in the internal pressure in the casing is transmitted to the cement sheath, resulting in the degradation of the interface stiffness of the cement sheath. However, with an increase in the casing wall thickness, the stress transmission capacity decreases. Therefore, it is concluded that improving the interfacial cementing strength, appropriately increasing the casing wall thickness and increasing the initial stress of the cement sheath are the keys to ensuring the sealing integrity of the cement sheath in high-temperature and high-pressure gas wells.

Keywords
Gas well completion; cement sheath; sealing failure; interfacial bonding strength; damage plasticity model
Cite This Article
Xing, X., Xie, R., Wu, Y., Wu, Z., Yang, H. (2022). Determination of the Cement Sheath Interface and the Causes of Failure in the Completion Stage of Gas Wells. FDMP-Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing, 18(6), 1719–1735.
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