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Geothermal Resources, Drilling for

  • John T. FingerEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2493-6_310-3



an extremely common unit of volume in the drilling industry, equal to 42 US gallons or 178 l

Blow out

uncontrolled flow of fluids from a wellhead or wellbore

BHA (bottom-hole assembly)

the assembly of heavy drilling tools at the bottom of the drill string; normally includes bit, reamers, stabilizers, drill collars, heavy-weight drill pipe, jars, and other miscellaneous tools

BOP (blowout preventer)

one or more devices used to seal the well at the wellhead, or top of the innermost casing string, preventing uncontrolled escape of gases, liquids, or steam; usually includes annular preventer (an inflatable bladder that seals around drill string or irregularly shaped tools) and rams (pipe rams or blind rams: pipe rams seal around the drill pipe if it is in the hole, blind rams seal against each other if the pipe is not in the hole)


a double-walled container or heat shield, similar to a vacuum flask, which insulates a piece of equipment from high temperature



Drilling Fluid Drill String Drill Pipe Directional Drilling Lost Circulation 
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