Reliability-Based Tubing and Casing Design: Principles and Approach

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M. A. Maes

Civil Engineering Department, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada

K. C. Gulati, P. R. Brand, D. B. Lewis, D. L. McKenna, R. C. Johnson

Mobil Exploration and Producing Technical Center, Dallas, TX 75244

J. Offshore Mech. Arct. Eng 119(4), 257-262 (Nov 01, 1997) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2829105 History: Received July 01, 1996; Revised May 12, 1997; Online December 17, 2007


This paper describes the development of an LRFD format reliability-based design of tubulars used in oil and gas wells. The approach is based on the principles of limit state design. The paper identifies the applicable limit states of pipe performance, discusses stochastic modeling of the load and resistance variables, and describes calibration of the design check equations. The calibration considers various combinations of hardware configurations, loadings, and tubular application zones with their respective risk levels. Application of the design principles is illustrated with an example problem.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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