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Experimental and Numerical Characterization of the Stress-Strain Behavior of Weak Sandstone Formations for Sanding Assessment

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Nubia Aurora González Molano, Jacobo Canal Vila, Héctor González Pérez, José Alvarellos Iglesias, M. R. Lakshmikantha

REPSOL, S.A., Madrid, Spain

Paper No. OMAE2018-77936, pp. V008T11A003; 10 pages
  • ASME 2018 37th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 8: Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology; Petroleum Technology
  • Madrid, Spain, June 17–22, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5129-6
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


In this study an extensive experimental program has been carried out in order to characterize the mechanical behavior of two weak sandstone formations of an offshore field for application to sand production modeling. The experimental tests included Scratch tests, Triaxial tests and Advanced thick wall cylinder tests (ATWC) where the sand production initiation and the cumulative sand produced were registered.

Numerical simulations of experimental tests were then performed using an advanced elasto-plastic constitutive model. Triaxial tests simulations allowed calibrating the constitutive model parameters. These parameters were employed for the numerical simulation of the ATWC in order to determine the equivalent plastic strain threshold required to the onset of sand production observed in laboratory for sanding assessment.

Results obtained highlight the importance to use a realistic representation of the rock behavior focusing on post-yield behavior in order to build confidence in model predictions.

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