BITS WITH DIAMOND-COATED INSERTS REDUCE GAUGE PROBLEMS

Darren Eckstrom Smith International Canada Ltd. Calgary In highly abrasive formations, failure of the gauge row cutters on tungsten carbide insert bits may occur rapidly, resulting in short bit runs, poor performance, and undergauge hole. In certain applications, polycrystalline diamond (PCD) enhanced insert bits have longer bit runs and maintain an in-gauge hole which reduces reaming time and wear on downhole equipment. These bits with PCD-coated inserts have reduced drilling costs in several

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