Partial annular cracks around cemented casing interfaces

M. Tabatabaei, A. Dahi Taleghani, M. Ahmadi

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Abstract

The cement sheath around the oil wellbore casing is a potential site for the formation of annular cracks along the casing-cement and/or cement-rock interfaces. The lack of cement integrity may endanger environment, which makes important the prediction and assessment of damages at the cement interface with rock and casing. We use the theory of eigenstrains to analyze the effect of the presence of n partial interfacial cracks on the mechanical response of the casing-cement-rock system. Partial annular cracks are considered to experience leaking fluid pressure p, and rock formation is considered to be under the effect of in situ tectonic stresses. The theory of eigenstrains enables us to consider partial cracks as inclusions and cement sheath as an inhomogeneity embedded within the rock matrix. Moreover, using this methodology we can study the interacting effect of partial cracks with different central angles randomly distributed along the casing-cement and/or cement-rock interfaces. In contrast to the previous studies which are mostly restricted to one or two symmetric interfacial arc cracks in bi-material systems (a circular inclusion embedded in a matrix), the present study considers n randomly distributed partial cracks around the interfaces of an inclusion-inhomogeneity-matrix system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication50th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2016
PublisherAmerican Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA)
Pages3074-3080
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781510828025
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event50th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2016 - Houston, United States
Duration: Jun 26 2016Jun 29 2016

Publication series

Name50th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2016
Volume4

Other

Other50th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2016
CountryUnited States
CityHouston
Period6/26/166/29/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics

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    Tabatabaei, M., Dahi Taleghani, A., & Ahmadi, M. (2016). Partial annular cracks around cemented casing interfaces. In 50th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2016 (pp. 3074-3080). (50th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2016; Vol. 4). American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA).