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Petroleum Rock Mechanics - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128159033, 9780128159040

Petroleum Rock Mechanics

2nd Edition

Drilling Operations and Well Design

Authors: Bernt Aadnoy Reza Looyeh
eBook ISBN: 9780128159040
Paperback ISBN: 9780128159033
Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
Published Date: 15th June 2019
Page Count: 460
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Petroleum Rock Mechanics: Drilling Operations and Well Design, Second Edition, keeps petroleum and drilling engineers centrally focused on the basic fundamentals surrounding geomechanics, while also keeping them up-to-speed on the latest issues and practical problems. Updated with new chapters on operations surrounding shale oil, shale gas, and hydraulic fracturing, and with new sections on in-situ stress, drilling design of optimal mud weight, and wellbore instability analysis, this book is an ideal resource. By creating a link between theory with practical problems, this updated edition continues to provide the most recent research and fundamentals critical to today’s drilling operations.

Key Features

  • Helps readers grasp the techniques needed to analyze and solve drilling challenges, in particular wellbore instability analysis
  • Teaches rock mechanic fundamentals and presents new concepts surrounding sand production and hydraulic fracturing operations
  • Includes new case studies and sample problems to practice


Petroleum engineers; drilling engineers; production engineers; geomechanical engineers; graduate level petroleum engineering students

Table of Contents

Part 1: Fundamentals of Solid Mechanics
1. Stress/Strain Definitions and Components
2. Stress and Strain Transformation
3. Principal and Deviatoric Stresses and Strains
4. Theory of Elasticity
5. Failure Criteria

Part II: Petroleum Rock Mechanics
6. Introduction to Petroleum Rock Mechanics
7. Porous Rocks and Effective Stresses
8. In Situ Stress
9. Rock Strength and Rock Failure
10. Drilling Design and Selection of Optimal Mud Weight
11. Stresses Around a Wellbore
12. Wellbore Instability Analysis
13. Wellbore Instability Analysis Using Inversion Technique
14. Wellbore Instability Analysis Using Quantitative Risk Assessment
15. The Effect of Mud Losses on Wellbore Stability
16. Shale Oil, Shale Gas, and Hydraulic Fracturing

A. Mechanical Properties of Rocks
B. The Poisson’s Ratio Effect
C. Model for the Stress Bridge
D. Glossary of Terms


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About the Authors

Bernt Aadnoy

Bernt Aadnoy

Bernt Sigve Aadnøy received the B. Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wyoming, USA in 1978, the M. Sc. degree in control engineering from the University of Texas, USA in 1979, and the Ph.D. degree in geomechanics from the Norwegian Institute of Technology, Norway in 1987. He is a professor of petroleum engineering at the University of Stavanger, Norway. He also holds a mechanical engineering degree from Stavanger technology, Norway. Before going to academia, he worked for Phillips Petroleum, Rogaland Research, Statoil and Saga Petroleum. He has published more than 200 papers, mostly on rock mechanics and well technology but also in reservoir engineering, production and automation, and holds 10 patents. He is the author of several books such as Petroleum Rock Mechanics, Second Edition (Elsevier) and is technical editor for several journals. He was the recipient of the SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers)/AIME (the American institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers) Honorary Member, SPE Distinguished Member, and SPE Oil Professional Award.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Petroleum Engineering, University of Stavanger, Norway

Reza Looyeh

Reza Looyeh

Reza Looyeh is a registered Chartered Engineer, a Fellow member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineeres (IMechE) in the UK, and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Tehran University, Iran (1989, Honors Degree), an MSc from Newcastle University, UK, in offshore engineering (1994), and PhD from Durham University, UK, in mechanical engineering (1999). He is presently a lead mechanical engineer at Chebron Pembroke Refinery in the UK, a position he has held since 2006. Dr. Looyeh has over 25 technical publications on a variety of topics and is a member of the Engineering Equipment and Material User's Association (EEMUA), Piping Systems Committee (PSC), and Materails Technology Committee (MTC), as well as an industrial advisor to IMechE for the oil and gas sector.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lead Engineer, Chevron Limited, Pembroke Refinery, UK

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