Research Papers: Petroleum Engineering

A Study on the Effects of Date Pit-Based Additive on the Performance of Water-Based Drilling Fluid

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Jimoh K. Adewole

Center for Integrative Petroleum Research,
College of Petroleum and Geosciences,
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals,
Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia
e-mail: adekayojih@kfupm.edu.sa

Musa O. Najimu

Center for Integrative Petroleum Research,
College of Petroleum and Geosciences,
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals,
Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Petroleum Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received May 4, 2017; final manuscript received October 15, 2017; published online November 28, 2017. Assoc. Editor: Daoyong (Tony) Yang.

J. Energy Resour. Technol 140(5), 052903 (Nov 28, 2017) (9 pages) Paper No: JERT-17-1197; doi: 10.1115/1.4038382 History: Received May 04, 2017; Revised October 15, 2017

This study investigates the effect of using date seed-based additive on the performance of water-based drilling fluids (WBDFs). Specifically, the effects of date pit (DP) fat content, particle size, and DP loading on the drilling fluids density, rheological properties, filtration properties, and thermal stability were investigated. The results showed that dispersion of particles less than 75 μm DP into the WBDFs enhanced the rheological as well as fluid loss control properties. Optimum fluid loss and filter cake thickness can be achieved by addition of 15–20 wt % DP loading to drilling fluid formulation.

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Date pit overall processing sequence

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Effect of wt % date pit loading

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Change in density with date pit loading

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Effect of particle size

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Effect of particle size on gel strength

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Effect of particle size on AV

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Effect of oil content on fluid loss properties

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Effect of oil content with time

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Effect of date pit loading on rheological properties

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Effect of particle size on filtration properties

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Effect of low concentration date pit

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Thermogravimetric curves for de-oiled and non-deoiled date pit

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Effect of high concentration date pit loading

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Thermogravimetric curves for date pit composite



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