Influence of metal casing on the electric field in a cased hole

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Authors:

Yinchuan Wu, Xi’an Shiyou University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China

Baolong Guo, Xidian University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China

Miaoyu Zhang, Xidian University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China

Abstract:

Purpose. To study the influence of metal casing parameters (casing conductivity and casing thickness) on the electrical field and the second derivative of potential in cased hole formation resistivity technology.

Methodology. The calculation formulas of the electrical field and the second derivative of potential were derived in multi-layer media. Then the models of nondefective casing well and corrosion casing well were built in COMSOL soft. Moreover, both the electric field and the second derivative of potential were numerically calculated for nondefective casing well and corrosion casing well separately. Meanwhile, the influence of metal casing was analyzed.

Findings. The lower the conductivity of the metal casing is, the stronger the electric field and the second derivative of potential are; the electric field and the second derivative of potential are affected by metal casing parameters. These changes are always in close relation to corrosion defects in metal casing.

Originality. The models of cased hole were built in finite element analysis soft (COMSOL). The relation curve between the electrical field and casing parameters (conductivity and casing thickness) was obtained. The influence rule of metal casing was analyzed in detail.

Practical value. The results are applied to instrument design and logging interpretation.

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