Determine surge and swab pressure for open-ended pipe

You’ve learn how to determine surge and swab pressure from the previous topic (Surge and swab pressure method 1) and this topic will demonstrate you how to use those equations to determine surge and swab pressure for the open-ended pipe.

 

Example

 

The well information is listed below:

θ300 = 85

θ600 = 130

Hole diameter = 9 inch

Drill Collar = 6.25 inch

ID of drill collar = 2.5 inch

Drillpipe diameter = 5 inch

ID of drill pipe = 3.5 inch

Average pipe running or pulling speed = 250 ft/min

Drill Pipe Length = 12000 ft

Drill Collar Length = 800 ft

Current Mud Weight = 12.5 ppg

Well TVD = 9000 ft

1st case – open ended pipe

 

Determine pressure loss around drill pipe

 

1. Determine n

 

n= 0.613

 

2. Determine K

 

K=1.863

 

3. Determine fluid velocity around drill pipe

 

For open-ended pipe

Vdp = 159.2 ft/min

 

4. Maximum pipe velocity

 

Vm = 159.2 x 1.5 = 239 ft/min

 

5. Pressure loss around drill pipe

Pdp =438.5 psi

 

Determine pressure loss around drill collar

 

We still use the same n and K.

 

1. Determine fluid velocity around drill collar

 

For open ended pipe

Vdc = 282.7 ft/min

 

2. Maximum pipe velocity

Vm = 282.7 x 1.5 = 424 ft/min

 

3. Pressure loss around drill collar

Pdc = 76.1 psi

 

Total pressure loss = Pdp + Pdc

 

Total pressure loss = 438.5 + 76.1 = 514.6 psi

 

 

If surge pressure is required:

 

Surge pressure = hydrostatic pressure + total pressure loss

Surge pressure = (0.052 x 9000 x 12.5) + 514.6 = 6364.6 psi

 

If swab pressure is required:

 

Swab pressure = hydrostatic pressure – total pressure loss

Swab pressure = (0.052 x 9000 x 12.5) – 514.6 = 5335.4 psi

Reference book: Drilling Formula BookFormulas and Calculations for Drilling, Production and Workover, Second Edition

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