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Malvern Instruments’ Houston office hosts API working groups for drilling mud analysis

API working groups are currently assessing particle characterization techniques for oil drilling muds

Het team van het kantoor in Malvern Instruments in Houston (Texas, VS) was verheugd om recente vergaderingen te organiseren op de 15th May 2013 van twee werkgroepen van het American Petroleum Institute (API) gericht op het aanpakken van de kritieke kwestie van de beste analyse van boorsuspensies en het mineraal componenten waaruit ze bestaan. Specialisten uit Malvern - Dr. Steve Ward Smith, Key Account Manager en Jon Layton, accountmanager in Gulf States - zitten beide groepen bij die werken aan het verbeteren en standaardiseren van de methoden die worden gebruikt om zowel waterige als olie-gebaseerde boorvloeistoffen te karakteriseren.

Drilling muds or fluids play a critical role in the oil industry. They maintain a safe and effective operation by: removing cuttings from the well; stabilizing and protecting the developing formation; and lubricating, cooling and supporting the drill bit. Closely matching a drilling mud to the geology of a well, and the requirements of the project, is crucial and relies on effective characterization of the product.

API WG4 (Working Group) is looking at the characterization techniques that can be applied to both oil- and water-based muds. This is a long term project, currently at a relatively early stage, that will examine how techniques such as automated imaging and laser diffraction can be usefully applied. It is likely to produce multiple standards over the next few years.

API WG3 has the more closely-defined objective of developing a new standard for the use of laser diffraction to analyze oil-based muds and is currently conducting round-robin tests to identify the impact of different methodologies on the results obtained. This work is expected to lead to a new API standard for the application of laser diffraction in drilling mud analysis some time next year.

To find out more about the work of either group visit: www.api.org or to learn about Malvern analyzers for drilling muds at www.malvern.com/labeng/industry/drilling-fluids.htm

Alison Vines, Malvern Instruments Ltd
Enigma Business Park, Grovewood Road, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 1XZ VK
Tel: + 44 (0) 1684 892456; Fax: + 44 (0) 1684 892789 [Email protected]
www.malvern.com

VS contact op met:
Marisa Fraser, Malvern Instruments Inc
117 Flanders Road, Westborough, MA 01581-1042 USA
Tel: + 1 508 768 6400 Fax: + 1 508 768 6403 [Email protected]

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