Kick Tolerance for iPad, release 2.2


On the iTunes App Store

The Kick Tolerance provides to drilling engineers, chemists, technicians, students and others professionals in the Oil & Gas industry a productivity tool helpful in drilling operation (well control) and planning phase of oil wells.

This version is completely interactive and allows users to define a wide variety of parameters for oil wells, save data to files.

This application deals with two concepts:

1- Kick Tolerance as Maximum Pore Equivalent Weight;
2- Kick Tolerance as Maximum Kick Volume.

Both with graphical analyzes.

For both the concepts, the calculations uses the Fracture Gradient defined in “Well Configuration -> Gradients” views.

1. For KT as Maximum Pore Equiv Weight

– Plot KT x Maximum Kick Volume

KT (Maximum Pore Equiv Weight) = mudWeight + (casingShoe/wellDepth) * (Fract Equiv Weight – mudWeight) – (KickLength/wellDepth) * (mudWeight – kickDensity);

=> Known the Maximum Kick Volume, find the KT as the Maximum Pore Gradient;

2. For KT as Maximum Pit Gain Volume:

Plot KI = the difference ( Pore Equiv Weight – Mud Weight ) versus Maximum Kick Volume (Pit Gain)

KI (Pore Equiv Weight – Mud Weight)
= (casingShoe/wellDepth) * (Fract Equiv Weight – mudWeight) – (KickLength/wellDepth) * (mudWeight – kickDensity);

=> Known the difference (Pore Equiv Weight – Mud Weight), find the Kick Tolerance as Maximum Kick Volume.

Calculation of the Kick Tolerance by this App:

1. Hmax below the casing shoe = (MaxSICP – SIDPP) / (0.052 x (ρmud-ρkick));
– MaxSICP = 0.052 x (ρfracture – ρmud) x CasingShoeTVD
– SIDPP = 0.052 x KI x Well TVD
2. Calculate V1 = Maximum Volume annulus bellow the casing shoe;
3. Calculate V2 at bottom = (V1 x Pfracture) / Ppore;
4. Calculate V3 = Volume annulus at bottom using Hmax;

The kick tolerance is the smaller of the two volumes between V2 and V3.
This KT is showed in the Graph: KI versus KT Volume.




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