Decreasing of water loss and mud cake thickness by CMC nanoparticles in mud drilling

Document Type: Reasearch Paper

Authors

1 Chemical and Petroleum Eng. School, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran.

2 Nano Chemical Eng. Dep., Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran.

3 South zagros oil and gas Production Company.

10.7508/ijnd.2012.02.002

Abstract

CMC polymer is used as an additive to decrease water loss and mud-cake-thickness in mud drilling. In this study, the effect of CMC and CMC nanoparticles on water loss and mud-cake-thickness in mud drilling is investigated. CMC nanoparticles are made by using of ball milling and their size is measured by Particle size analyzer. CMC and CMC nanoparticles which were prepared by Hamilton batch mixer and with certain percent suggested by API, were added to the water-based mud drilling. The amount of water loss and mud cake thickness was measured by filter press. It was found that adding CMC nanoparticles in comparison with conventional CMC resulted in desirable reduction of amount of water loss and mud cake thickness.

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