Well temperature testing - An extension of Slider's method

I. M. Kutasov*, L. V. Eppelbaum

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A new technique has been developed for determination of the formation thermal conductivity, skin factor and contact thermal resistance for boreholes where the temperature recovery process after drilling operations is not completed. Slider suggested a technique for analysing transient pressure tests when conditions are not constant. We extend Slider's method for transient temperature well tests. It assumes that the volumetric heat capacity of formations is known, and the instantaneous heater's wall temperature and time data are available for a cylindrical probe with a constant heat flow rate placed in a borehole. A semi-analytical equation is used to approximate the dimensionless wall temperature of the heater. A simulated example is presented to demonstrate the data processing procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number001
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Geophysics and Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - 27 Mar 2007


  • Contact resistance
  • Slider's method
  • Thermal conductivity
  • Well testing


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