Heat and Mass Transfer

, Volume 54, Issue 5, pp 1381–1393 | Cite as

Investigating Created Properties of Nanoparticles Based Drilling Mud

  • Nahid Ghasemi
  • Mojtaba Mirzaee
  • Reza Aghayari
  • Heydar Maddah


The success of drilling operations is heavily dependent on the drilling fluid. Drilling fluids cool down and lubricate the drill bit, remove cuttings, prevent formation damage, suspend cuttings and also cake off the permeable formation, thus retarding the passage of fluid into the formation. Typical micro or macro sized loss circulation materials (LCM) show limited success, especially in formations dominated by micropores, due to their relatively large sizes. Due to unique characteristics of nanoparticles such as their size and high surface area to volume ratio, they play an effective role in solving problems associated with the drilling fluid. In this study, we investigate the effect of adding Al2O3 and TiO2 nanoparticles into the drilling mud. Al2O3 and TiO2 nanoparticles were used in 20 and 60 nm of size and 0.05 wt% in concentration. Investigating the effects of temperature and pressure has shown that an increase in temperature can reduce the drilling mud rheological properties such as plastic viscosity, while an increase in pressure can enhance these properties. Also, the effects of pressure in high temperatures were less than those in low temperatures. Studying the effects of adding nanoparticles has shown that they can reduce the drilling mud rheological properties. Moreover, they can increase gel strength, reduce capillary suction time and decrease formation damage.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nahid Ghasemi
    • 1
  • Mojtaba Mirzaee
    • 2
  • Reza Aghayari
    • 3
  • Heydar Maddah
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Arak BranchIslamic Azad UniversityArakIran
  2. 2.Young Researchers and Elite Club, Omidiyeh BranchIslamic Azad UniversityOmidiyehIran
  3. 3.Department of Chemical Engineering, Payame Noor University (PNU)TehranIran
  4. 4.Department of Chemistry, Payame Noor University (PNU), P.O.Box, 19395-3697 Tehran, IranTehranIran

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