An Experimental Investigation of Temperature and Aging Effects on Bentonite and Sepiolite Drilling Fluids

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Tariq Ahmed, Nura Makwashi

Abstract

The selection and control of a suitable drilling fluid is necessary to successfully drill an oil and gas well. The rheological properties of drilling fluids vary with changes in conditions such as time and temperature. Slight changes in these conditions can cause unpredictable and significant changes in the mud’s properties. This makes it necessary to study the rheology of drilling fluids and how it is affected by these changes. At the rig sites, tests are carried out by the mud engineers to ensure that the properties of the drilling fluids are within the required limits. Similar tests were carried out at the laboratory in this work to determine the plastic viscosity, yield point, gel strength of mud samples at different conditions of ageing time, temperature and concentration of Xanthan gum (X.G) used as an additive. The Experiments carried out were grouped into three. The first was done with the aim to further explain how the Bentonite and Sepiolite water-based drilling fluids behaves after been aged for certain period. The second sets of experiments were conducted to investigate how the rheological properties of water-based Bentonite muds are affected by different concentration of xanthan gum added as an additive to improve ...Continue Reading

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