Drilling Hole Volume Calculation

In Drilling,Hole volume calculations include :-
  1. Drill string Capacity or Casing capacity calculation or pipe capacity
  2. Pipe displacement calculation
  3. Annular volume calculation
Drill string capacity
These calculation are important as they gives us:-
  • Volume of drilling mud in hole
  • Volume of drilling mud required to displace the cement into the annulus
  • To calculate gain or loss
  • To calculate the height of influx if its volume is know
  • To calculate Lag time(it is the time required by the cuttings after they are drilled to reach the surface)
Drill string Capacity or Casing capacity calculation- includes calculating the inside volume of drill string or Casing
Pipe Volume(bbl) = ID2*L/1029.4
where ID = internal diameter in inches, L= length in feet
Note:- Pipes with different internal diameter will have different pipe capacity and should be calculated separately.

Pipe displacement:- It is the metal volume of pipe.
Pipe displacement(bbl) = (OD2-ID2)*L/1029.4
where OD = outter diameter in inches

 drill string capacity formula and casing volume formula
Pipe Capacity:-
Drill pipe Volume = ID2*L/1029.4
=7 bbl

Drill Collar Volume=  2.252*200/1029.4
= 1 bbl

Total pipe volume =Drill pipe +Drill collar volume
= 7+1
=8 bbl

Pipe Displacement:-
Drill pipe Displacement  =  (OD2-ID2)*L/1029.4
= (3.52-2.672)*1000/1029.4
= 5 bbl

Drill Collar Displacement=  (52-2.252)*200/1029.4
= 4 bbl

Total pipe Displacement =Drill pipe displacement+Drill collar displacement
=9 bbl


  1. Sir, say something about mud losses calculation........

    1. refer to recent post