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Petroleum Rock Mechanics

Drilling Operations and Well Design

Rock mechanics is a vital decision-making tool for insuring economic benefits in all phases of petroleum reservoir development. Petroleum Rock Mechanics introduces the fundamentals of solid mechanics and applies them to oil and gas related drilling and well operation and completion problems.

The book’s two part treatment starts with a clear and rigorous exposition of theory, followed by self-contained chapters concerning applications for understanding the stress, strain, and failure mechanics of rocks and their response to earth stresses. The role of rock mechanics in drilling operations and design are highlighted throughout. Details of practical in-situ stress changes and how they impact on wellbore and borehole behaviour are also included, making this the one of most unique books on the subject.

Audience

Reservoir Engineers, Production Engineer, Drilling Engineers, Exploration Geophysicists

Paperback, 376 Pages

Published: May 2011

Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-12-385546-6

Contents

  • Preface

    About the Authors

    List of Symbols

    PART ONE: FUNDAMENTALS OF SOLID MECHANICS

    Chapter 1: STRESS/STRAIN DEFINITIONS AND COMPONENTS
    Chapter 2: STRESS AND STRAIN TRANSFORMATION
    Chapter 3: PRINCIPAL AND DEVIATORIC STRESSES AND STRAINS
    Chapter 4: THEORY OF ELASTICITY
    Chapter 5: FAILURE CRITERIA

    PART TWO - PETROLEUM ROCK MECHANICS

    Chapter 6: INTRODUCTION TO PETROLEUM ROCK MECHANICS
    Chapter 7: POROUS ROCKS AND EFFECTIVE STRESSES
    Chapter 8: IN-SITU STRESS
    Chapter 9: ROCK STRENGTH AND ROCK FAILURE
    Chapter 10: STRESSES AROUND A WELLBORE
    Chapter 11: WELLBORE INSTABILITY ANALYSIS
    Chapter 12: WELLBORE INSTABILITY ANALYSIS USING INVERSION TECHNIQUE
    Chapter 13: WELLBORE INSTABILITY ANALYSIS USING QUANTITATIVE RISK ASSESSMENT
    Chapter 14: THE EFFECT OF MUD LOSSES ON WELLBORE STABILITY

    APPENDIX A - MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF ROCKS
    APPENDIX B - THE POISSON’S EFFECT
    APPENDIX C - A MODEL FOR STRESS BRIDGE
    APPENDIX D - GLOSSARY OF TERMS

    Subject Index

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