Prediction of Drilling Mud Rheology Using a Simplified Herschel-Bulkley Model

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M. Zamora, R. Bleier

IMCO Services, A Division of Halliburton Company, Houston, Tex.

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 99(3), 485-490 (Aug 01, 1977) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3454563 History: Received June 07, 1977; Online October 25, 2010


Drilling muds are rheologically complex. Models presently used to characterize their behavior are those of Bingham and Ostwald-deWaele (power law). The Herschel-Bulkley model is shown in this paper to be superior, but more difficult to implement with theoretic exactness. However, a simplified approach suitable for field use is developed and compared to rigorous solutions.

Copyright © 1977 by ASME
Topics: Drilling , Rheology
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