Collapse Analysis of Perforated Pipes Under External Pressure

Topics: Risers/flowlines/pipelines Sand management/control
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This work is a study of collapse pressure of perforated pipes to evaluate the effect of lateral perforations on the radial resistance of pipes under external pressure. These types of pipes represent a simple and economical technology widely used as sand-control meshes or perforated liners.


One of the most common challenges to high flow rates in mature fields is the migration of sand to the well. High rates of oil production together with maximum sand retention is the optimal result. In accomplishing this complex goal, perforated pipes play a vital role because they are a simple and inexpensive application, and they are widely used in the industry. Failures of such pipes are directly related to the collapse resistance of a pipe weakened by the perforations. Such failures can occur because of the plugging of holes or changes in differential pressure. This study might contribute to future prediction of collapse pressures of perforated pipes without resorting to costly full-scale experiments.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper SPE 184946, “Collapse Analysis of Perforated Pipes Under External Pressure,” by K. Beltrán and T. Netto, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, prepared for the 2017 SPE Latin American and Caribbean Mature Fields Symposium, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, 15–16 March. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Collapse Analysis of Perforated Pipes Under External Pressure

01 June 2017

Volume: 69 | Issue: 6