Drilling Cuttings RECOVERY

In an ideal borehole and mud system, cuttings would be transported to surface with the same order and composition as they were cut, as in Figure 1. In reality, it is commonly observed that, no matter how sharp a drilling break or clearly defined a formation top on an electric log, the formation top as logged from cuttings will appear to be “transitional.” (Note: not transitional in the sense that the cuttings show a varying composition, but that cuttings of a new type appear in increasing abundance as more hole is made.)

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