Nanoparticles: Promising solution to overcome stern drilling problems

Jamil Abdo*, M. Danish Haneef

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Abstract

General solution to overcome stern and frequently occurring drilling problems lies in controlling the rheology of drilling fluids. Pipe sticking, lost circulation, erosion, formation damage, thermal instability, poor hole cleaning, high torque and drag are few problems that incurs enormous costs on overall drilling operations in form of expensive drilling fluids, breakdowns, fluid loss, high power requirement, and mainly limited functionality. The nanotechnological research leading to create tailored made nanoparticles is a promising step change research for smart fluids development. The nano particles based drilling mud enables the design and development of new drilling muds for efficient drilling operations at significantly low cost. Use of nano based drilling muds has long been in discussion and some researchers have tested in laboratory but no mathematical and analytical model reported. Based on initial studies and easy availability we selected Attapulgite and after milling, characterization, surface treatment, and adding into drilling muds showed useful results. We initiated developing a scheme, starting from synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles, measurement and optimization of properties by response surface technique, establishing correlation between rheological properties, ultimately leading to performance tests at well simulators. Preliminary results of Attapulgite crop up hopes of testing more nanomaterials for further improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanotechnology 2010: Bio Sensors, Instruments, Medical, Environment and Energy - Technical Proceedings of the 2010 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2010
Pages635-638
Number of pages4
Volume3
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventNanotechnology 2010: Bio Sensors, Instruments, Medical, Environment and Energy - 2010 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2010 - Anaheim, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 21 2010Jun 24 2010

Other

OtherNanotechnology 2010: Bio Sensors, Instruments, Medical, Environment and Energy - 2010 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2010
CountryUnited States
CityAnaheim, CA
Period6/21/106/24/10

Keywords

  • Drilling fluids
  • Drilling problems lost circulation
  • Nanoparticles
  • Pipe sticking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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