Expansion of tubular with elastomers in multilateral wells

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Abstract

The use of solid expandable tubular technology during the last decade has focused on solving many challenges in well drilling and delivery including zonal isolation, deep drilling, conservation of hole sizes, etc. not only as pioneered solution but also providing cost effective and long lasting solutions. Concurrently, the technology was extended for construction of multilateral in typical wells. The process of horizontal tubular expansion is similar to the vertical expansion of expandable tubular in down-hole environment with the addition of uniformly distributed force due to its weight. The expansion is targeted to increase its diameter such that post expansion characteristics remain within allowable limits. In this study a typical expandable tubular of 57.15 mm outer diameter and 6.35 mm wall thickness was used with two different elastomer seals of 5 and 7 mm thickness placed at equal spacing of 200 mm. The developed stress contours during expansion process clearly showed the high stress areas in the vicinity of expansion region which lies around the mandrel. These high stresses may result in excessive wear of the mandrel. It was also found out that the drawing force increases as the mandrel angle, expansion ratio, and friction coefficient increases. A mandrel angle of 20° requires minimum expansion force and can be considered as an optimum geometrical parameter to lower the power required for expansion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-49
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Engineering Research
Volume10
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Finite element analysis
  • Horizontal expansion
  • Multilateral well
  • Oil well
  • Tubular.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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