SOLIDS CONTROL IN A DRILLING FLUID

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A DRILLING MUD?

The purpose of a drilling mud can be broken into nine basic functions:

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Drilling Mud Usage

In the drilling process, mud materials (barite, water, treating chemicals, etc) are mixed almost continuously to maintain desired mud properties. Drilling mud usage is defined as the volume of mud that is lost with the
drilling operation. This should be contrasted with mud consumption which is the total volume of mud created to support the drilling operation.

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