Solids Control - Introduction
Solids present in the mud will directly affect mud and well costs, and can affect drilling rates, hydraulics, rig equipment, and is also a major cause of stuck pipe and lost circulation.
Volume, size and type of solids present in the mud can influence the:
- viscosity and gel strengths
- fluid loss
- filter cake.
Solids contamination of drilling fluids is the single most costly mud control problem. Mechanical treatment is the most economical means of treatment and must begin . . .