Elastic-Plastic Fracture Mechanics Analyses of Surface Cracks in Drill String Subjected to Combined Loading
The drill pipe near the surface stands the largest tension and torsion load for the full hole during drilling operation. And fatigue crack growth is always the major cause of failure of drill string. As an example, 5ʺ drill pipe that was near the well head of an ultra-deep straight well and made of 30CrMo, whose constitutional relation was fitted by experiment, was analyzed here. Simplifying the initial crack of the drill pipe as circumferential semi-elliptical surface crack, we simulated the elastic-plastic fracture feature of the drill string with surface crack, partly through-wall crack and fully through-wall crack under combined loading of axial force and torsion. Crack front geometry evolvement is simulated for the different stages of crack propagation. This work would provide a basis for the full-range analysis of fatigue crack growth.
Yeong-Maw Hwang and Cho-Pei Jiang
G. H. Zhao et al., "Elastic-Plastic Fracture Mechanics Analyses of Surface Cracks in Drill String Subjected to Combined Loading", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 626, pp. 62-67, 2015