Il team della sede di Malvern Instruments a Houston (Texas, USA) è stato lieto di ospitare i recenti incontri sul 15th maggio 2013 di due gruppi di lavoro dell'American Petroleum Institute (API) incentrati sull'affrontare il problema critico del modo migliore di analizzare i fanghi di perforazione e il minerale componenti in cui consistono. Specialisti di Malvern - Dott. Steve Ward Smith, Key Account Manager e Jon Layton, Account Manager degli stati del Golfo - siedono in entrambi i gruppi che stanno lavorando per migliorare e standardizzare i metodi usati per caratterizzare sia i fluidi di perforazione acquosi che quelli a base di olio.
Drilling muds or fluids play a critical role in the oil industry. They maintain a safe and effective operation by: removing cuttings from the well; stabilizing and protecting the developing formation; and lubricating, cooling and supporting the drill bit. Closely matching a drilling mud to the geology of a well, and the requirements of the project, is crucial and relies on effective characterization of the product.
API WG4 (Working Group) is looking at the characterization techniques that can be applied to both oil- and water-based muds. This is a long term project, currently at a relatively early stage, that will examine how techniques such as automated imaging and laser diffraction can be usefully applied. It is likely to produce multiple standards over the next few years.
API WG3 has the more closely-defined objective of developing a new standard for the use of laser diffraction to analyze oil-based muds and is currently conducting round-robin tests to identify the impact of different methodologies on the results obtained. This work is expected to lead to a new API standard for the application of laser diffraction in drilling mud analysis some time next year.
To find out more about the work of either group visit: www.api.org or to learn about Malvern analyzers for drilling muds at www.malvern.com/labeng/industry/drilling-fluids.htm
Alison Viti, Malvern Instruments Ltd
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Marisa Fraser, Malvern Instruments Inc.
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