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Modelling of deep wells thermal modes

A. Bulat1, B. Blyuss1, A. Dreus2, B. Liu3, S. Dziuba1

1Institute of Geotechnical Mechanics named after M.S. Polyakov of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Dnipro, Ukraine

2Oles Honchar Dnipro National University, Dnipro, Ukraine

3Jilin University, Changchun, China

Min. miner. depos. 2019, 13(1):58-65

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      Purpose. Investigation of various heat-exchange conditions influence of the tower liquid on the deep wells thermal conditions.

      Methods. Methods of heat-exchange processes mathematical modeling are used. On the basis of the developed scheme for calculation, the thermal condition in a vertical well with a concentric arrangement of the drill-string was investigated. It was assumed that the walls of the well are properly insulated, and there is no flow or loss of fluid. The temperature distribution in the Newtonian (water) and non-Newtonian (clay mud) liquid along the borehole was simulated taking into account changes in the temperature regime of rocks with depth. To verify the calculation method and determine the reliability of the results, a comparative analysis of the calculated and experimental data to determine the temperature of the drilling liquid in the well was performed.

      Findings. A mathematical model for the study of temperature fields along the well depth was proposed and verified. A steady-state temperature distribution along the borehole is obtained for various types (Newtonian or non-Newtonian) tower liquid, with a linear law of change in rocks temperature with depth. It has been established that the temperature of the liquid flow at the face of hole and at the exit to the surface depends on the type of liquid used and the flow regime. It has been established that due to thermal insulation of drill pipe columns, heat-exchange between the downward and upward flow is reduced, which leads to a decrease in the temperature of the downward flow at the face of hole, providing a more favorable temperature at the face, which contributes to better destruction of the rock and cooling the tool during drilling.

      Originality.The nature of temperature distribution and changes along the borehole under the steady-state mode of heat-exchange in a turbulent and structural flow regime for both Newtonian and non-Newtonian circulating liquid are revealed.

      Practical implications. The proposed mathematical model and obtained results can be used to conduct estimates of the thermal conditions of wells and the development of recommendations for controlling the intensity of heat-exchange processes in the well, in accordance with the requirements of a specific technology.

      Keywords: sheat-exchange processes in wells, mathematical modeling, tower flow, geothermic gradient, Newtonian and non-Newtonian liquid


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