Casing Burst Pressure Calculation

This article is one of 22 articles explaining the casing design calculations in detail. Casing Burst Pressure Calculation is a significant aspect in casing design calculations as the burst loads on the casing must be evaluated to ensure the internal yield resistance of the pipe is not exceeded. The burst load is the force applied by the fluid inside the casing, which acts to rupture the pipe in the absence of external pressure. You can easily do your casing burst pressure table on an Excel sheet using the equation below.

These loads are generally caused by mud hydrostatic pressure inside the casing and perhaps some surface pressure. Fluids on the outside of the casing, called back-up fluids, supply a hydrostatic pressure that helps resist pipe bursts.

The resulting adequate burst pressure is the internal pipe pressure minus the external pressure.  Burst conditions are established, and the least expensive pipe that will satisfy the burst pressure is tentatively selected.

The API Casing burst pressure Calculation.

Casing Burst pressure calculation is given by a simple equation:

Casing Burst pressure rating calculations

Ym: is the minimum yield strength of the pipe
t : is the wall thickness in inches.
De: is the outer diameter in inches.


Calculate the burst rating for the 7” 23# J-55 casing.


From Table 2, the Ym for the J-55 casing is 55,000 psi.  The ID of 7” 23# casing in 6.377”, therefore,

casing burst pressure calculations

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