Performance of Equilibrium Zeolite in Water-Based Mud at Elevated Temperature Conditions
This study looks at the performance of nano equilibrium zeolite treated drilling fluids at high temperatures conditions, and their potential as alternatives for oil-based muds (OBM). Mud samples for this study were prepared and aged with the equilibrium zeolite nanoparticles concentrations of 0.0 g, 0.5 g, 1.0 g and 1.5 g. Tests were performed to determine the rheological, filtration control properties, the pH and consequently the thermal stability of the study mud samples over a temperature range of 120 °F to 360 °F. One sample without the equilibrium zeolite served as a control for the study. From the results obtained, all the nano samples had their rheological properties not exhibiting much significant variation with temperature, thus they were more thermally stable, with the optimum nanoparticle concentration being 1.5 g. It was also hypothesized that the nano equilibrium zeolite behaved as thinners, since they were able to reduce the shear stresses, yield points, plastic viscosities and gel strengths of the mud samples as temperature was varied incrementally. It was therefore concluded that the optimum concentration of aged equilibrium zeolite has the potential to act as a thermal stability additive for Water Based Mud systems (WBMs).
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