Techniques of Pilot-Scale Drilling Research

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Jack C. Estes

Amoco Production Company, Tulsa, Okla.

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 100(2), 188-193 (May 01, 1978) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3454450 History: Received June 29, 1977; Online October 25, 2010


Various phases of drilling research are possible, from tool development (bits, drill strings, percussion drills, downhole motors, etc.), optimization of operating conditions (optimum WT-RPM, bit selection, hydraulics, etc.), to drilling fluids development (fluid loss mud additives, shale stabilization, viscosifiers, etc.). This paper discusses the techniques necessary to conduct pilot-scale, micro-bit drilling research. By employing proper experimental methods, the results of micro-bit research can be applied to the problems associated with the drilling fluids phase of drilling research activities.

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