Numerical Modeling of Radial Fracturing of Cement Sheath Caused by Pressure Tests
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To achieve an acceptable level of zonal isolation, well integrity should be guaranteed in hydrocarbon production and geological CO2 sequestration. Well pressure test can cause different types of failures in the well system leading to leakages through these failures. Laboratory evidences have revealed that occurrence of radial tensile fractures is likely during pressure tests. In this paper, we use a numerical code call MDEM which was formulated based on discrete element method. The code can model discontinuum feature of fractures. A model of a lab-sized pressure test was built and compared to an experiment previously published. The model was tested under different confinement levels and effect of the tensile strength of rock on the radial fracture was investigated at the same lab-scale. Fracture opening profiles are also presented showing the leakage potential of these fractures under different pressure level.