Functional and practical analytical pressure surges model through herschel bulkley fluids


JOURNAL OF PETROLEUM SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, vol.171, pp.748-759, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


Substantially large pressure surges are generated while drilling a well due to tripping operations in which a central drillstring is being moved up or down through non-Newtonian fluid. The presence of these subsurface surge pressures must be considered and determined in almost every well drilled. Wells exhibiting high geothermal temperature gradient further complicate the determination of wellbore pressures since the classical viscometer does not characterize the non-Newtonian nature of fluids accurately at elevated temperatures. More importantly, rheological model selection also plays a key role for effectively proposing safe tripping speeds without violating the mud window constraints. Herschel-Bulkley rheological model has gained more reputation among others due to better predictions of wellbore hydraulic pressures as suggested by the American Petroleum Institute.