Various phases of drilling research are possible, from tool development (bits, drill strings, percussion drills, downhole motors, etc.), optimization of operating conditions (optimum WT-RPM, bit selection, hydraulics, etc.), to drilling fluids development (fluid loss mud additives, shale stabilization, viscosifiers, etc.). This paper discusses the techniques necessary to conduct pilot-scale, micro-bit drilling research. By employing proper experimental methods, the results of micro-bit research can be applied to the problems associated with the drilling fluids phase of drilling research activities.
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Techniques of Pilot-Scale Drilling Research
Jack C. Estes
Amoco Production Company, Tulsa, Okla.
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Estes, J. C. (May 1, 1978). "Techniques of Pilot-Scale Drilling Research." ASME. J. Pressure Vessel Technol. May 1978; 100(2): 188–193. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.3454450
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