Improved field test measures polyacrylamide fluid

Practical Drilling TechnologyScientists have developed a safer, faster, more cost-efficient method for analyzing polyacrylamides in drilling fluids, suitable for field use.As a result of increasing global emphasis on minimizing the environmental impact of drilling, many operators utilize water-based drilling fluids. In order for these fluids to obtain a performance similar to oil- and synthetic-based fluids, the formulations include cutting-edge synthetic polymers that, when added to aqueous drilling fluids, can impart useful properties even at low concentrations.1-4 The equipment used for PA analysis appears in a top view of the new apparatus (Fig. 1a, above left); the apparatus setup on...

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