OCTG Premium Threaded Connection 3D Parametric Finite Element Model
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Full 360 degree 3D finite element models are the most complete representation of Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) premium threaded connections. Full 3D models can represent helical threads and boundary conditions required to simulate make-up and service loading. A methodology is developed to create a 360 degree full 3D parametric finite element model with helical threads as an effective design and analysis tool. The approach is demonstrated with the creation of a metal-to-metal seal integral joint full 3D model with manufacturer supplied geometry. The premium connection is decomposed into smaller parts to generate parametric geometric features. A controlled parametric meshing scheme is developed to manage mesh density in contact regions to effectively represent the mechanics in regions of interest while minimizing total element count. The scripted parametric approach allows for efficient geometric and mesh updates. Several methods to reduce and manage model runtimes are presented. An elastic-plastic material model is created with material coupon tensile tests results. Digital Image Correlation (DIC) is used to measure full-field displacement and strain data on the surface of the box. Experimental set up and data processing procedures are discussed. Error metrics are developed to correlate the finite element model results with the DIC experimental data. The DIC make-up experimental results are used to reconcile the finite element model to develop a minimum error make-up model relative to the pin rotation. The friction coefficient is estimated and the make-up torque-turn behavior is verified. The calibrated 3D finite element model is validated with ISO_13769 load series B axial and internal pressure loading experimental DIC data. Metal-to-metal seal metrics of contact pressure and seal length are evaluated.
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