The following collapse formulae provide the user practical tools to estimate collapse strengths of various types of casing and screen. It is important that one pays particular attention to the material and manufacturing standards for the casing and screen specified so that acceptable tolerances are considered and adequate safety factors applied.

Timoshenko's Formula, shown below, is commonly accepted to be the most accurate method available for estimating the collapse strength of steel pipe with diameter/thickness ratios common to those used in the construction of water wells.

Where: P_{cr} = Theoretical collapse strength of a
perfectly round tube

Where: P_{e} = Collapse pressure with ellipticity (psi)

Shutter Screen, sometimes referred to as Louver Screen, actually has a greater collapse strength than casing of the same diameter and wall thickness due to the corrugating effect of the louvers. As a result, shutter screen's collapse strength is up to 60% stronger than the pipe from which it was made.

Factors which determine the extent of increased strength include: the thickness/diameter ratio, slot size, slot length, and number of perforations. Modifications of the formula above can provide an estimate for the collapse strength of shutter screen.

*P _{s} = P_{e}* 1.20

Where: P_{e} = Collapse pressure with ellipticity (psi)

Collapse strength of continuous slot screen is dependent on diameter of the screen, size, shape, and material type of wire used in its manufacture, and the slot size. The following formula can be used to estimate the collapse strength of continuous slot screen.

Where: I = Moment of Inertia (in)^{4}

Where: P_{cs} = Collapse pressure of continuous slot screen (psi)

The following is the ASTM F 480 formula for determining the collapse strength of PVC pipe manufactured in accordance with said standards.

Where: P_{c} = Collapse pressure of PVC pipe (psi)

Another formula used to determine the collapse strength of PVC is shown below. This formula, is more conservative than the ASTM formula. However, since most PVC materials are made to minimum allowable wall thickness rather than nominal sizes, it may provide a more accurate estimate of actual collapse strength.

Physical properties of PVC vary with temperature. The values obtained with these formulas are consistent with a temperature of 70°F. As the temperature rises, PVC working strength decreases by approximately 0.5 psi per degree Fahrenheit above 70°F. Obviously, much care must be taken during cementing operations or in other high temperature environments.

Weight of a blank casing, or pipe, can be found using the following formula.

Weight of a blank casing, or pipe, can be found using the following formula.

Where: W = Weight of casing (lbs/ft)

Users must determine the yield strength for casing and screen. This measures the point at which the casing or screen will be damaged by deformation due to the stress of the hanging weight. This calculation is used to evaluate suitability of use relative to expected loads.

(ignoring buoyant forces) is determined by the following formula:

Where: Y_{p} = Yield point of casing (lbs)

For shutter type screen, this formula can be modified as shown here:

Where: Y_{sp} = Yield point of slotted pipe or shutter screen (lbs)

For continuous slot screen we must determine the yield point for the screen and adjust for the joint connecting the screen body to the welding ring. This establishes the "safe hanging weight" of the screen. This is accomplished with the formula shown here:

Where: Y_{cs} = Yield point of continuous slot screen
(lbs)

Well Production at AWWA Standard of 1.5 feet per second:
To calculate the flow in gallons per minute per foot of screen, first calculate the percentage of open area of the screen, then use that result to calculate the flow. Determine the open area for the type of screen used then convert area to a percentage. Then multiply the percentage by 12 inches per foot, by the outside diameter, by pi, and the conversion constant of 4.8:

To calculate the flow in gallons per minute per foot of screen, first calculate the percentage of open area of the screen, then use that result to calculate the flow. Determine the open area for the type of screen used then convert area to a percentage. Then multiply the percentage by 12 inches per foot, by the outside diameter, by pi, and the conversion constant of 4.8:

**Calculation of percent of open area:**

Where: A_{p} = Open Area (percent%)

D_{o} = Average outside diameter of screen (inches)

**Calculation of open area for shutter type screen:**

Where: A = Open Area (sq.inches)

**Calculation of the flow in gallons per minute per foot of screen:**

Where: F = Flow (gpm/ft of screen)

= pi or 3.14159

Calculate Ap of shutter screen - Perform Calculation

**Calculation of open area for continuous slot screen:**

Where: A = Open Area (sq.inches)

**Calculation of the flow in gallons per minute per foot of screen:**

Where: F = Flow (gpm/ft of screen)

= pi or 3.14159

Calculate Ap of continuous slot screen - Perform Calculation