Drilling Fluids


Investigating the swelling characteristics of shale formations is vital in selecting a proper drilling fluid to give maximum inhibition and wellbore stability. While drilling a well, a shale formation will immediately begin to swell if the drilling fluid is not completely compatible with the formation. This swelling can cause many problems, such as bit balling, pipe drag, hole sloughing, or other "gumbo" related problems. Therefore, selecting the proper drilling fluid prior to, or during the drilling operation, can be very beneficial in achieving a stable wellbore.

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