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Rheological properties of oil-based drilling fluids at high temperature and high pressure

  • Sheng-ying Zhao (赵胜英)
  • Jie-nian Yan (鄢捷年)Email author
  • Yong Shu (舒 勇)
  • Hong-xia Zhang (张洪霞)
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Abstract

The rheological properties of two kinds of oil-based drilling fluids with typically composition were studied at pressures up to 138 MPa and temperatures up to 204 °C using the RheoChan 7400 Rheometer. The experimental results show that the apparent viscosity, plastic viscosity and yield point decrease with the increase of temperature, and increase with the increase of pressure. The effect of pressure on the apparent viscosity, plastic viscosity and yield point is considerable at ambient temperature. However, this effect gradually reduces with the increase of temperature. The major factor influencing the rheological properties of oil-based drilling fluids is temperature instead of pressure in the deep sections of oil wells. On the basis of numerous experiments, the model for predict the apparent viscosity, plastic viscosity and yield point of oil-based drilling fluids at high temperature and pressure was established using the method of regressive analysis. It is confirmed that the calculated data are in good agreement with the measured data, and the correlation coefficients are more than 0.98. The model is convenient for use and suitable for the application in drilling operations.

Key words

oil-based drilling fluids high temperature high pressure rheological property mathematical model 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheng-ying Zhao (赵胜英)
    • 1
  • Jie-nian Yan (鄢捷年)
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yong Shu (舒 勇)
    • 1
  • Hong-xia Zhang (张洪霞)
    • 1
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Petroleum Engineering of Ministry of EducationChina University of PetroleumBeijingChina

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