Jonathan Lukye who is a supervisor from Sanjel in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada shares his cement Excel spreadsheet. He has been working on a Metric Cement Calculator in Excel. In the Excel spreadsheet, it contains; Surface Cement, Intermediate / Production, Liner, Retainer, Plugs, Deviated Hole and Squeeze.
This is the latest version as of 14 September 2016.
Updated features of this version
- Remove the code has made the calculator’s footprint smaller and faster on Smart Devices.
- Make the file smaller
- Fix some calculation errors
- Fix cement plug calculation
The Surface, Intermediate and Liner Worksheets are “automatic” where there is no need for a handbook for factors as the sheet calculates them. They also print out the job procedure for that sheet. Continue reading
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What will you learn from this book?
Rotary drilling – basic of drilling rigs, rig power system, hoisting system, circulating system, etc.
Drilling fluids – Mud test, pilot test, water based mud and oil based mud.
Cements – composition of cement, cement testing, cement additives, and cement placement techniques used in the drilling field.
Drilling hydraulics – Hydrostatic pressure, annular pressure during well control operation, buoyancy factor, non static well condition, flow through jet bits, rheology models, laminar and turbulent flow, surge/swab pressure and particle slip velocity.
One function of cement is to support casing string and the shear strength of cement holds casing string once cement is set. You may think about other load supporting casing as compressive loading at coupling areas or thermal movement. They are the part of the supporting force as well but the most support is from the cement shear strength.
(Diagram above shows how shear strength of cement supports casing string)
We don’t normally measure shear strength of cement but we can apply knowledge from Civil engineer to estimate the shear strength from the compressive strength. Generally, cement has the shear strength approximately 1/12 of compressive strength. For instant, if the cement 1000 psi compressive strength, its shear strength is 83.3 (1000 x 1/12) psi.
For the previous topic, Hydraulicing Casing (pressure to lift the casing while cementing), you already know the concept. This topic will demonstrate you how to figure out if the casing will be hydraulically lifted while pumping cement.
Casing 9-5/8”, 40 ppf (pound per foot), ID of casing = 8.835”
Casing is set at 3,200’MD/3,000’TVD
Top of cement at 600’MD/550’TVD
Previous casing shoe (13-3/8”) = 1000’MD/900TVD
Cement weight = 14.0 ppg
Mud weight = 9.5 ppg
Displacement fluid weight (Brine) = 8.4 ppg
What is the condition at the static condition after cement in place?
What is the maximum pressure that we can apply before the casing is hydraulically pumped out of the well?
You already learn about balance cement plug and I would like to show how to calculate balance cement plug.
Let’s start with the concept so you can imagine how the calculation should be.
1. Determine volume of cement that you need.
2. Determine height of cement and spacer when pipe in hole.
3. Determine displace volume to balance the hydrostatic both sides. When the displacement is completed, you should have equal height of cement/spacer/mud. You can see the figure below for more understanding.
4. When you pull cement stinger, you will have the balance set properly like this.