## How much pressure will we see at cement head in case of float shoe fail?

I still have the simple but interesting question about hydrostatic pressure which you can apply this calculation into drilling/cementing operation. The question I got about how much pressure we will see at cement head in case of float shoe fail.

## Bottom Hole Pressure Relationship

This post will show you Lean about bottom hole pressure relationship because this concept is very important for well control concept.
The bottom hole pressure is sum of all the pressure acting on the bottom hole. We can describe the statement before as the following equation;

Bottom Hole Pressure (BHP) = Surface Pressure (SP) + Hydrostatic Pressure (HP)

The image below demonstrates the relationship of bottom hole pressure.

Note: BHP created by hydrostatic column of drilling fluid is the primary well control in drilling.

Looking more into details,

If BHP is more than FP (formation pressure), this situation is called “Overbalance”.

If BHP is equal to FP (formation pressure), this situation is called “Balance”.

If BHP is less than FP (formation pressure), this situation is called “Underbalance”.

For more understanding, please follow this example below demonstrating the relationship of BHP, SP and HP.

Bottom Hole Pressure (BHP) = Surface Pressure (SP) + Hydrostatic Pressure (HP)

We assume that formation pressure is normal pressure gradient of water gradient (0.465 psi/ft) so formation pressure at 8000’ TVD = 8000 ft x 0.465 psi/ft = 3720 psi. Click here to learn how to calculate hydrostatic pressure in oilfield.

The first case: Hydrostatic column is water which is equal to formation pressure gradient so SP is equal to 0 psi

The second case: BHP is still be water gradient but fluid column is oil (0.35 psi/ft) which is lower density than water gradient (0.465 psi/ft). Therefore, in order to balance BHP, we need Surface Pressure (SP) of 920 psi (SP = 3720 – (0.35 x 8000)).

The third case: BHP is still be water gradient but fluid column is gas (0.1 psi/ft) which is even lower density than water gradient (0.465 psi/ft). Therefore, in order to balance BHP, we need Surface Pressure (SP) of 2,920 psi (SP = 3720 – (0.1 x 8000)).

According to the example, Surface Pressure (SP) will compensate the lack of hydrostatic pressure (HP) in order to balance formation pressure (FP).

Ref book: Formulas and Calculations for Drilling, Production and Workover, Second Edition

## Hydrostatic Pressure Calculation

Hydrostatic pressure is created by fluid column. Two factors affecting hydrostatic pressure are mud weight and True Vertical Depth. In this article, it will demonstrate how to calculate hydrostatic pressure in different oilfield units.

## 1. Calculate hydrostatic pressure in psi by using mud weight  in pound per gallon (ppg) and feet as the units of True Vertical Depth.

Hydrostatic pressure equation:

Hydrostatic Pressure (HP) = mud weight in ppg x 0.052 x True Vertical Depth (TVD) in ft

Example: mud weight = 12.0 ppg
True Vertical Depth = 10,000 ft
HP = 12.0 ppg x 0.052 x 10,000 ft
HP = 6,240 psi

## 2. Calculate hydrostatic pressure in psi by using pressure gradient in psi/ft and feet as the units of True Vertical Depth.

Hydrostatic pressure equation:

Hydrostatic Pressure (HP) = Pressure gradient in psi/ft x True Vertical Depth (TVD) in ft

Example: Pressure Ggradient = 0.5 psi/ft
True Vertical Depth = 10,000 ft
HP = 0.5 psi/ft x 10,000 ft
HP = 5,000 psi

## 3. Calculate hydrostatic pressure in psi by using mud weight in lb/ft3 and feet as the units of True Vertical Depth.

Hydrostatic pressure equation:

Hydrostatic Pressure (HP) = 0.006944 x mud weight, lb/ft3 x TVD, ft

Example: mud weight = 80 lb/ft3 true vertical depth = 10,000 ft
HP = 0.006944 x 80 lb/ft3 x 10,000 ft
HP = 5,555 psi

## 4. Calculate hydrostatic pressure in psi by using mud weight in PPG and meters as unit of True Vertical Depth.

Hydrostatic pressure equation:

Hydrostatic Pressure (HP) = mud weight, ppg x 0.052 x TVD in meters x 3.281

Example: Mud weight = 12.0 ppg true vertical depth = 5000 meters
HP = 12.0 ppg x 0.052 x 5000 x 3.281
HP = 10,237 psi