Evaluate The Efficiency Of Solids Control Equipment

The volume and type of solids in a drilling mud system can adversely affect mud properties, reduce penetration rates, cause damage to drilling equipment, and increase total drilling costs. Efficiency controlling the solids content of the mud system is an important phase of an efficient and cost-effective drilling program. The three basic methods of removing solids are dilution and/or displacement of whole mud, settling and mechanical solids-control equipment.

Size capacity and operating of solids control equipment
Fig 1. Size capacity and operating of solids control equipment

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Solids Control Through Economic Evaluation of Mechanical Equipment

Proper application and utilization of mechanical solids control equipment enables the driller to maintain the desired drilling fluid properties which in turn makes it possible for the drilling operation to be carried out in an efficient and possible for the drilling operation to be carried out in an efficient and economical manner.

Solids control equipment
Catagory of main solids control equipment

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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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Solids Control Equipment: Shaker, Mud Cleaner, Desilter, etc.

Control of drilled solids from the mud is one of the major functions of a drilling fluid circulating system. Several types of solids control equipment are used to accomplish this task, including screening equipment( shale shaker ), hydrocyclones ( mud cleaner, decanter, desilter ), and decanter centrifuges.

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