Industry Article: Go With The Flow

Publication: Other industry publication
Publication Date: 09/01/2018

In “Go with the flow,” David Horton, global technical manager for HDD, Mining and Waterwell at M-I SWACO, a Schlumberger company, presents an update on the “lifeblood” of the drilling operation—drilling fluid. He explains how drilling fluid allows tools to turn, removes drill cuttings away from the bit and out of the hole, and fills the hole to keep it open and stable.

Selection of additives and the changing marketplace is discussed. Fluids are now designed to meet specific challenges, such as clay inhibition, lubricity, and ROP enhancers and hole cleaning. Advances in polymers, gums, fibers, and synthetic polymers have also shown improvement.

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