Practical Wellbore Hydraulics and Hole Cleaning presents a single resource with explanations, equations and descriptions that are important for wellbore hydraulics, including hole cleaning. Involving many moving factors and complex issues, this book provides a systematic and practical summary of solutions, thus helping engineers understand calculations, case studies and guidelines not found anywhere else. Topics such as the impact of temperature and pressure of fluid properties are covered, as are vertical and deviated-from-vertical hole cleaning differences. The importance of bit hydraulics optimization, drilling fluid challenges, pressure drop calculations, downhole properties, and pumps round out the information presented.
Packed with example calculations and handy appendices, this book gives drilling engineers the tools they need for effective bit hydraulics and hole cleaning operation design.
- Provides practical techniques to ensure hole cleaning in both vertical and deviated wells
- Addresses errors in predictive wellbore hydraulic modeling equations and provides remedies
- Teaches how to improve the economic efficiencies of drilling oil and gas wells using calculations, guidelines and case studies
Chapter 2: Bit Hydraulics
Chapter 3: Hole Cleaning
Chapter 4: Effects on Drilling Efficiency and Rate of Penetration
Chapter 5: Pressure Drop Calculations
Chapter 6: Rheology, Viscosity and Fluid Types
Chapter 7: Downhole Properties
Chapter 8: Pumps
Mark Ramsey is currently Principal and Owner of Texas Drilling Associates and founded the firm in 1992, covering well planning, estimating, logistics, contracting, rig team training, execution, and completion using state-of-the-art intelligent completions technology. Clients include BP, M-I, Petrobras, Baker, Amoco, Cabot, ExxonMobil, Schlumberger, Transocean, Devon and GPRI (of Texas A&M) and projects have been worldwide, most notable the M-11 well which holds the world record for extended reach well at Wytch Farm. He also authored Schlumberger's drilling portion of their highly utilized online glossary and teaches public drilling schools worldwide. Mr. Ramsey previously worked for ExxonMobil in drilling research, owns 7 patents, and earned a BSME in Engineering from Texas Tech University and is a registered Petroleum Engineer in the state of Texas.