New Approach Tests Cement-Sheath Integrity During Thermal Cycling

Topics: Casing/cementing/zonal isolation Well integrity/control
Source: SPE173871
Fig. 1: Cement thermal-cycling cell.

Well cement is placed into the annulus between casing and formation to provide structural support and zonal isolation throughout the well life cycle. Nevertheless, operators in the North Sea have been concerned about the ability of the cement sheath to maintain sealing integrity because of the increasing number of reported failures in mature wells. A new laboratory setup is designed to allow visualization of the development of possible leak paths throughout the cement sheath when exposed to pressure- and temperature-related varying loads.

Experimental Setup

The new laboratory setup presented in this work allows pressurization while maintaining the capability to perform a detailed study of the creation and propagation of cement-sheath failures upon thermal cyclic loads.

This article, written by Special Publications Editor Adam Wilson, contains highlights of paper SPE 173871, “Cement-Sheath Integrity During Thermal Cycling: A Novel Approach for Experimental Tests of Cement Systems,” by J. De Andrade, SPE, and S. Sangesland, SPE, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and J. Todorovic, SPE, and T. Vrålstad, SPE, SINTEF Petroleum Research, prepared for the 2015 SPE Bergen One Day Seminar, Bergen, Norway, 22 April. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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New Approach Tests Cement-Sheath Integrity During Thermal Cycling

10 April 2016

Volume: 68 | Issue: 5