Reliability-Based Casing Design

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M. A. Maes

Civil Engineering Department, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4

K. C. Gulati, R. C. Johnson

Dallas E&P Engineering, Mobil Research and Development Corporation, Dallas, TX 75244

D. L. McKenna

Mobil Producing Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria

P. R. Brand, D. B. Lewis

Mobil E&P Technical Center, Dallas, TX 75247

J. Energy Resour. Technol 117(2), 93-100 (Jun 01, 1995) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2835336 History: Received November 30, 1993; Revised March 01, 1995; Online January 22, 2008


The present paper describes the development of reliability-based design criteria for oil and/or gas well casing/tubing. The approach is based on the fundamental principles of limit state design. Limit states for tubulars are discussed and specific techniques for the stochastic modeling of loading and resistance variables are described. Zonation methods and calibration techniques are developed which are geared specifically to the characteristic tubular design for both hydrocarbon drilling and production applications. The application of quantitative risk analysis to the development of risk-consistent design criteria is shown to be a major and necessary step forward in achieving more economic tubular design.

Copyright © 1995 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Topics: Reliability , Design
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