Sand production initiation criteria and their validation

E. Papamichos, K. Furui

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9 Citations (Scopus)


The paper investigates the capability of a simplified Mohr-Coulomb (MC) analytical model to predict satisfactorily fully anisotropic loading experimental results on hole failure, as well as numerical predictions from several parametric analyses of field cases based on a 3D non-linear FEM borehole and perforation failure analysis model (Sand3D), which employs the critical plastic strain failure criterion coupled with a Drucker-Prager failure surface. The comparisons with the experimental data and the field simulations demonstrate that the MC model is insufficient for satisfactory predictions under anisotropic loadings. A Drucker-Prager type model is advanced and shows significantly improved analytical predictions under any loading condition. Two field case comparison examples show that the developed analytical sand production initiation model accounts for the effect of intermediate stress and gives good matches to the formation failure envelopes predicted by the numerical model.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication47th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2013
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
Event47th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2013 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 2013 Jun 232013 Jun 26

Publication series

Name47th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2013


Other47th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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