Masters Theses

Keywords and Phrases

Deviated wells; Drilling; Managed pressure drilling; Mechanical earth modeling; Wellbore instabilty


"During drilling operations for the E oilfield in the Mishrif formation in southern Iraq, stuck pipe presents a significant wellbore stability problem for deviated wells. In this study, two solutions are utilized to address this problem. The first approach is a 1-D Geomechanical model of the Mishrif formation compiled based on the state of stress and rock strength parameters. It is utilized to assess the contribution of borehole collapse leading to the stuck pipe problems. The results of this study show that wells characterized by stuck pipe are drilled along azimuths which promote wellbore collapse. Three different failure criteria, the Mohr-Coulomb, Mogi-Coulomb, and Modified Lade rock failure criteria, are investigated to determine feasible drilling trajectories and mud pressure conditions for many different wells in the Mishrif Formation. If a specific azimuth for a well cannot be altered, an optimum inclination is recommended to reduce the severity of the borehole collapse. However, the optimum drilling inclination progressively changes as the intermediate principal in-situ stress increases. The second approach is evaluating the feasibility of using the managed pressure drilling (MPD) to optimize the drilling process by controlling mud weight while applying required surface pressure to achieve the target bottom hole pressure (BHP). DZxION CSM software simulation uses different mud weights to determine required choke surface backpressure (SBP) to achieve the initial target equivalent circulation density (ECD). This study discusses hydraulic simulation software used to model the drilling development plan. The software optimizes MPD parameters and discusses the sensitivity effects of each parameter on wellbore pressure and provides guidelines for managing pressure by adjusting these variables"--Abstract, page iv.


Flori, Ralph E.

Committee Member(s)

Heidari, Peyman
Hilgedick, Steven Austin


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Petroleum Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2016

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Case study of wellbore stability evaluation for the Mishrif Formation, Iraq
  • A new driver for managed pressure drilling: Reducing stuck pipe occurrence


xii, 73 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references.

Geographic Coverage



© 2016 Husam Raad Abbood

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type




Subject Headings

Oil fields -- Production methods -- Analysis
Enhanced oil recovery -- Analysis
Managed pressure drilling (Petroleum engineering)
Oil well drilling
Shale -- Iraq

Thesis Number

T 11006

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