Borehole Stability in Shale Formation: Modeling the Effects of Molecular Weight and Concentration of Polymers in the Drilling Fluids Formulation

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  • Khoshniyat A Polymer Science and Technology Division, Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI)
  • Shojaei M. Polymer Science and Technology Division, Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI)
  • Jarahian k. Polymer Science and Technology Division, Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI)
  • Mirali M. Polymer Science and Technology Division, Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI)
  • Ghorashi s. Polymer Science and Technology Division, Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI)
  • Aalaie J. Polymer Science and Technology Division, Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI)
  • Moalemi H. Iranian Central Oil Company

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https://doi.org/10.52716/jprs.v5i1.143

Abstract

A new experimental model was developed to predict the role of special polymeric additives, in the drilling fluid formulation, on the wellbore stability in shale formation. The shale formation was regarded as a non-ideal membrane and the effects of various characteristics of the added polymers were studied on the membrane reflection coefficient. The model was applied to unique field data from the oil field in south of Iran, including clay structure, cation exchange capacity (CEC), density and porosity of the shale. The results, using various polyglycols and polyacrylamides as the polymeric additive, showed that the structure of the polymeric chains e.g. type and content of ionic segments had significant effect on their adsorption mechanism and its strength.  It was concluded that increasing the molecular weight of the polymer chains decreased the rate and amount of the adsorption due to the increasing of the entanglements between the chains which in turn limited their mobility. So, adsorption of the polymeric material on the shale had significant impress on its performance as a membrane by increasing the shale reflection coefficient enhancing its stability during drilling process. Finally, the developed model results were in good agreement by experimental test results which was done in a specific shale stability set up.

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2014-06-01

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A, K.; M., S. .; k., J. .; M., M. .; s., G. .; J., A.; H., M. . Borehole Stability in Shale Formation: Modeling the Effects of Molecular Weight and Concentration of Polymers in the Drilling Fluids Formulation. Journal of Petroleum Research and Studies 2014, 5, 260-270.

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