Solids Concentration Effects in Bentonite Drilling Fluids
A series of studies of the apparent electrokinetic potential and other characteristics of aqueous bentonite systems as they are affected by bentonite concentration is presented. A new concentration parameter, which logically arises from a previously presented filtration theory (Oakes, 1958), is demonstrated to describe adequately the effects of solids concentration. The concentration parameter is analytically derived and is shown to make suitable allowance for the adsorbed phase on the bentonite patricles.
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