Course summary (2)

Below is the Introduction to the course summary that is available as a PDF-download from this page.

This document outlines of the content of a short Training Course that has been delivered to ‘open’ and ‘in-house’ audiences over recent years.  The target is Petroleum Engineers and others involved in the selection and specification of downhole metallurgy.  The course provides a structured approach to the selection of casing, tubing and accessory metallurgy for oilfield exploration, production and injection wells.  The methodology is also applicable to geothermal wells.  As a short course cannot instil multi-disciplinary expertise, the aim is that participants should understand, and be comfortable managing, the selection process.

 

Reference resources are problematic.  No suitable text detailing a downhole selection methodology is known.  The extensive literature on downhole metallurgy and corrosion is fragmented making extraction of a broad understanding laborious; for occasional users the literature is intimidating and sometimes unhelpful.  The training course attempts to ‘fill the gap’ by proposing a logical selection-methodology as summarised in this document.

 

The proposed methodology makes use of industry standards (and similar) from API, ISO, NACE, Enform, NORSOK and others; these and other sources (eg SPE) are identified in the text and listed at the end of the document.  Appendix 1 identifies some more general background sources on well design and construction, metallurgy and corrosion that may be helpful.

 

A note on elastomers is provided as Appendix 2; beyond this, elastomers are not addressed.

 

Finally, it is intended to improve and extend this document.  Constructive comments, etc to that end will be appreciated.

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Edward Wade,
13 Nov 2015, 08:54
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