The Effects of Filter-Cake Buildup and Time-Dependent Properties on the Stability of Inclined Wellbores
- Minh Ha Tran (University of Oklahoma) | Younane Abousleiman (University of Oklahoma) | Vinh X. Nguyen (PVEP Phu Quy POC)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Journal
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- December 2011
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- Journal Paper
- 1,010 - 1,028
- 2011. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 1.6 Drilling Operations, 1.11 Drilling Fluids and Materials, 1.11.2 Drilling Fluid Selection and Formulation (Chemistry, Properties)
- Mud cake build up, Tiem-dependent wellbore failures
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The effects of filter-cake buildup and/or filter-cake-property variation with time on wellbore stability have been plaguing the industry. The increasing use of lost-circulation materials (LCMs) in recent years for wellbore strengthening in weak and/or depleted formations nessesitates models that can predict these effects. However, the complexities of effective-stress and pore-pressure evolution around the borehole while drilling, coupled with the transient variation of mud-filtration properties, have delayed such modeling efforts. In this paper, the analytical solutions for the time-dependent effects of mudcake buildup and mudcake properties on the wellbore stresses and formation pore pressure, and thus the safe-drilling-mud-weight window, are derived. The transient effects of mudcake buildup and mudcake buildup coupled with its permeability reduction during filtration on the safe-drilling-mudweight window are illustrated through numerical examples. The results showed that the safe-mudweight windows were greatly affected by the buildup of filter cake and its permeability variation. For example, the analysis for filter-cake buildup with cake permeability of 10-2 md showed that the safe-mudweight window was widened by 0.5 g/cc after 2.5 hours post-excavation when compared to the case of a wellbore without mudcake. On the other hand, a lower mudcake permeability of 10-3 md widened the mudweight window by as much as 1 g/cc. Last but not least, the analyses revealed that even for mudcake permeability as low as 10-3 md, neglecting the permeable nature of the mudcake can result in overestimation of the safe-drilling-mudweight window.
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