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ovality limit

1. n. [Well Workover and Intervention]
The maximum distortion permitted on the cross-sectional profile of a coiled tubing string. The mechanical performance of oval tubing deteriorates as the degree of ovality increases. The most critical effect is the ability of the tube to resist collapse under differential pressure. String ovality limits are generally determined by the maximum diameter that can pass through the primary pressure-control equipment. In high-pressure operations, the ovality limits will generally be reduced to maintain an adequate safety margin against string collapse.