Convert Pressure into Equivalent Mud Weight

Learn how to convert pressure into equivalent mud weight in PPG as per following formulas.

1. Convert pressure in psi  unit into equivalent mud weight in ppg by using feet as the unit of measurement

Equivalent Mud Weight, ppg = pressure in psi ÷ 0.052 ÷ True Vertical Depth (TVD) in ft
Example:
Pressure = 5,000 psi
True vertical depth = 8,000 ft
Equivalent mud weight, ppg = 5,000 psi ÷ 0.052 ÷ 8,000 ft
Equivalent mud weight, ppg = 12.0 ppg

2. Convert pressure in psi  unit into equivalent mud weight in ppg by using meters as the unit of measurement

Equivalent Mud Weight in ppg = Pressure in psi ÷ 0.052 ÷ True Vertical Depth (TVD) in meters ÷  3.281

Example: pressure = 5,000 psi
True Vertical Depth = 2,500 meters
Equivalent mud weight, ppg = 5,000 psi ÷ 0.052 ÷ 2,500 m ÷ 3.281
Equivalent mud weight, ppg = 11.7 ppg

Please find the Excel sheet for converting pressure into equivalent mud weight.

Ref book: Lapeyrouse, N.J., 2002. Formulas and calculations for drilling, production and workover, Boston: Gulf Professional publishing.

Bourgoyne, A.J.T., Chenevert , M.E. & Millheim, K.K., 1986. SPE Textbook Series, Volume 2: Applied Drilling Engineering, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Mitchell, R.F., Miska, S. & Aadny, B.S., 2011. Fundamentals of drilling engineering, Richardson, TX: Society of Petroleum Engineers.