Wellbore Stability Analysis of Coal Seam Based on Hoek-Brown Criterion
Stable evaluation of coal strength is needed in coal well-bore stability analysis. The regular analysis method of wellbore stability adopts Mohr-Coulomb strength criteria to judge the collapse pressure. Coal is dual porosity structure and contains joint fissures richly. Hoek-Brown criterion is much more reasonable to estimate the strength of jointed and fractured rock. So Hoek-Brown criterion is used to analyze the stability of multi-lateral horizontal coal bed methane well. Considering the GSI (geological strength index), structural and surface conditions of coal, the coal and rock mass strength parameters are converted into the underground coal mechanical parameters based on the triaxial test of intact coal. According to the stress state of multi-lateral horizontal well, the borehole collapse formulas are established based on Hoek-Brown Criterion. The effects on the wellbore stability, due to the joint fissures of coal, borehole size, drilling disturbance, are also discussed in this paper.
H. L. Yang et al., "Wellbore Stability Analysis of Coal Seam Based on Hoek-Brown Criterion", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 383-390, pp. 3882-3888, 2012