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Chapter

3

Drilling Hydraulics

From rigging up to laying down the derrick, calculating hydraulics is an

important part of drilling a well economically. Chapter 3 demonstrates

calculations for hydraulic and input horsepower required from the prime mover

for both gravity-feed and supercharged pumps. Equations can be used for

calculating fluid movement through the surface equipment, drillpipe, drill

collars, and bit, as well as back up the annulus to the flowline. These calculations

will help operators determine efficient and economical job procedures.

The tables in Chapter 3 include information about the effects of various job

parameters (the drilling fluids flow rate, weight, and viscosity as well as the

sizes of the pipe, bit nozzle, and cuttings).

Hydraulic horsepower (hhp) is a measure of the energy delivered to the fluid being

pumped. Hydraulic horsepower is different from the engine horsepower (hp)

hhp will always be less than the horsepower of the engine driving the pump

because of the pump efficiency. For example, a 1,000-hp motor driving a mud

pump will normally produce 750 to 800 hhp.

Use Equation 3.1 to calculate hydraulic horsepower.

hhp = (P x Q) 1,714 ................................................................................................ (3.1)

where:

hhp

P

Q

1,714

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= Pressure increase in pump, psi

= Flow rate, gal/min

= Constant

Drilling Hydraulics

3-1

A mud pump delivers 420 gal/min at 1,000 psi and has a gravity-fed pump

intake. Therefore, the pump suction pressure is 0 psi. What is the hydraulic horsepower under these conditions?

Solution

hhp = (P x Q) 1,714 ............................................................................ (3.1)

= (1,000 psi x 420 gal/min) 1,714 = 245.041 hhp

Problem 1

What is the hydraulic horsepower of a pump delivering 1,260 gal/min at 333

psi? This pump has a suction pressure of 0 psi.

Work Space

Answer ____________

(The solution for Problem 1 is on Page 3-22.)

A comparison of the answers to Example 1 and Problem 1 shows that hydraulic

horsepower output by high pressure and low rate is equal to the hydraulic

horsepower output by low pressure and a high rate. Using high volume instead

of high pressure might seem to be more economical because high pressures are

sometimes difficult to maintain. However, even though the hydraulic horsepower requirements are equal, the high-volume operation may not be as economical because reduced pressure may also decrease penetration rate.

When the mud pump is supercharged (pressurized suction) and is driven by a

separate prime mover, it is necessary to subtract the suction pressure from the

discharge pressure before calculating the hydraulic horsepower. Example 2

demonstrates this calculation. When the same prime mover drives both the

supercharger and the mud pump, the total hydraulic horsepower is calculated as

shown in Example 1.

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1,000 psi with a suction pressure of 100 psi?

Solution

P = Discharge pressure - Suction pressure = 1,000 psi - 100 psi = 900 psi

Q = 420 gal/min

hhp = (P x Q) 1,714 ............................................................................ (3.1)

= (900 psi x 420 gal/min) 1,714 = 220.538 hhp

pressure decreased the hydraulic horsepower by about 24 hhp.

Problem 2

What is the hydraulic horsepower of a mud pump delivering 210 gal/min at

1,000 psi with a suction pressure of 75 psi?

Work Space

Answer ____________

(The solution for Problem 2 is on Page 3-22.)

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Drilling Hydraulics

3-3

If the efficiency of the pump is known, the horsepower required from the engine

or the input horsepower (ihp) can be easily calculated.

The efficiency of the pump is always less than one, since the fluids being

pumped nearly always contain some air and are slightly compressible, and the

mechanical drive in the power end has some loss of energy. Overall efficiency

(both volumetric and mechanical) of 70 to 80% is common, but some new pumps

approach 100%.

Input horsepower can be calculated with Equation 3.2.

ihp = hhp E ............................................................................................................. (3.2)

where

ihp = Input horsepower, hp

E

= Efficiency

hhp = Hydraulic horsepower, hhp

Example 3 and Problem 3 are applications of Equation 3.2. Problem 4 is a practice problem that requires Equation 3.1 and Equation 3.2.

hhp if the pump efficiency is 75%?

Solution

hhp = 300 hhp

E = 0.75

ih = hhp E ........................................................................................ (3.2)

= 300 hhp 0.75 = 400 hp

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Problem 3

What input horsepower is necessary for a pump delivering 250 hhp when the

pump efficiency is 80%?

Work Space

Answer ____________

(The solution for Problem 3 is on Page 3-22.)

Problem 4

What input horsepower is required for a mud pump delivering 840 gal/min at

1,100 psi if the pump efficiency is 75% and the suction pressure is 100 psi?

Work Space

Answer ____________

(The solution for Problem 4 is on Page 3-22.)

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3-5

Since the hydraulic power from the mud pump must be transmitted to the

bottom of the hole (to aid the bit in removing chips) and back up the annulus to

remove the cuttings, controlling the amount of hydraulic power reaching these

points is important. Pressure losses occur throughout the system, from the mud

pump to the mud return line, which may be several miles in each direction. For

example, a 33,000-ft well drilled in western Oklahoma had a mud round trip of

12.5 miles.

Table 3.1 shows a typical listing of the pressure losses occurring from the pump

to the bit on a 15,000-ft well. The diameter of the hole was 7 7/8 in., requiring a

surface pressure of 2,900 psi to circulate the 16.5-lb/gal mud at

250 gal/min. The well contains the following equipment:

Table 3.2 shows typical pressure losses occurring from the bit to the surface for

the same well conditions described for Table 3.1.

Tables 3.1 and 3.2 show significant pressure losses. Drillpipe is one of the primary sources of pressure losses because of friction. Losses of hydraulic energy

caused by friction can never be recovered, and they must occur so that the

appropriate amount of hydraulic energy can be supplied to the required point in

the system.

This situation is similar to buying a loaf of bread at the store where the total

price includes freight cost. The freight cost cannot be eaten but the loaf of bread

must be at the store; therefore, the freight must be paid. On a drilling rig, a

certain amount of hydraulic power is needed at the bit; therefore, the freight

must be paid by supplying additional hydraulic power at the surface to pay the

way to the bottom and to lift the cuttings to the surface.

Several factors influence the amount of hydraulic energy expended to overcome

friction losses, including fluid velocity. Figure 3.1 (Page 3-8) illustrates two types

of flow: laminar flow (slow) and turbulent flow (fast). Normally, laminar flow in

the drillpipe occurs at extremely low pump rates with fluid velocities of 1 to

2 ft/sec. Even heavy, thick muds flow smoothly. However, the drag of the fluid

against the wall of the pipe and the internal friction of the fluid itself (viscosity)

combine to create friction losses.

In normal drilling operations, turbulent flow is much more common. At these

higher fluid velocities, drag from the pipe walls and changes in ID caused by

tool joints cause eddies to form in the flow patterns. These eddies are small

whirlpools that move within the main flowstream causing counterflow and

crossflow, which creates turbulence. Turbulent flow requires more energy than

smooth or laminar flow. The faster the flow, the greater the amount of energy

that is absorbed by the turbulence and the greater the hydraulic power loss.

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Pressure Drop Total Pressure

Depth at

Across

Drop to Bottom

Component

Bottom of

Component

of Component

Component (ft)

(psi)

(psi)

Hydrostatic

Pressure at

Bottom of

Component

(psi)

Total Pressure

at Bottom of

Component

(psi)

Pressure

Gauge

2,900

Surface

Connections

25

25

2,875

Drillpipe

14,300

673

698

12,247

14,449

Drill Collars

15,000

150

848

12,846

14,898

Bit

15,000

1,852

2,700

12,846

13,046

Depth at Top of

Component

Component (ft)

Pressure Drop

Across

Component

(psi)

Total Pressure

Hydrostatic

Total Pressure

Drop to Top of Pressure at Top

at Top of

Component

of Component

Component

(psi)

(psi)

(psi)

Bit

15,000

1,852

2,700

12,846

13,046

Drill Collar in

Open Hole

14,300

54

2,754

12,247

12,393

Drillpipe in

Open Hole

12,000

34

2,788

10,227

10,389

Drillpipe in

Casing

112

2,900

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3-7

Laminar Flow

Slow

Less

Energy

Required

Turbulent Flow

Fast

More

Energy

Required

Turbulent Flow

Use Equation 3.3 to calculate the pressure losses inside the drillpipe during

turbulent flow.

P = 7.7 x 10-5 x MW0.8 x Q1.8 x PV0.2 x L D4.8 ......................................................... (3.3)

where

P

= Pressure losses in the drillpipe, psi

7.7 x 10-5 = Constant

MW

Q

PV

L

D

3-8

= Flow rate, gal/min

= Plastic viscosity, cp

= Length of pipe, ft

= Drillpipe ID, in.

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Examples 4 and 5 show applications of Equation 3.3 and Equation 3.1 for

hydraulic horsepower. Problem 5 requires Equation 3.1 and Equation 3.3.

during turbulent flow

10.0-lb/gal mud that has a plastic viscosity of 25 cp is being pumped at 210

gal/min in 10,000 ft of 4 1 /2-in., 16.60-lb/ft drillpipe. What is the pressure

drop?

Solution

MW = 10.0 lb/gal

Q = 210 gal/min

PV = 25 cp

L

D

P

= 10,000 ft

= 3.826 in.

= (7.7 x 10-5) x (MW0.8 x Q1.8) x (PV0.2 x L) D4.8 ............................. (3.3)

= (7.7 x 10-5) x (100.8 x 2101.8) x (250.2 x 10,000) 3.8264.8

= 0.000077 x (6.301 x 15,135.429) x (1.904 x 10,000) 626.828

= 223.056 psi

friction loss

horsepower is required to overcome the pressure drop caused by

friction?

Solution

P = 223.056 psi

Q = 210 gal/min

hhp = (P x Q) 1,714 ............................................................................ (3.1)

= 223.056 psi x 210 gal/min 1,714 = 27.330 hhp

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3-9

Problem 5

What is the hydraulic power loss (hhp) in 5,000 ft of 3 1/2-in., 15.50-lb/ft drillpipe

when operators are circulating 15.0-lb/gal mud with a plastic viscosity of 50 cp

at 150 gal/min?

Work Space

Answer ____________

(The solution for Problem 5 is on Page 3-23.)

Drillpipe

Table 3.3 shows the pressure drop and the hydraulic horsepower loss for 10,000

ft of 4 1/2-in., 16.6-lb/ft drillpipe at three different rates when 10.0 lb/gal mud

with a plastic viscosity of 25 cp is pumped. Doubling the flow rate increases the

pressure drop by approximately three and one-half times, while tripling the flow

rate increases the pressure drop by approximately seven and one-quarter times.

Table 3.3 also shows that power losses can be even more significant: doubling

the rate increases the hydraulic horsepower loss by approximately seven times,

and tripling the rate increases the loss by nearly 22 times.

Another important factor in friction losses or pressure losses is the fluid density.

The heavier the mud, the greater the pressure and power losses. Table 3.4 compares the pressure losses for three mud weights and three flow rates. Pressure

losses were measured in 10,000 ft of drillpipe when 10.0-lb/gal mud with a plastic

viscosity of 25 cp was pumped. Some of these pressure drops are excessive and are

shown for comparison only. Doubling the mud weight (from 10 lb/gal to 20 lb/

gal) almost doubles the pressure loss (1,613 psi compared to 2,809 psi).

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10.0-lb/gal Mud with 25-cp Plastic Viscosity

Flow Rate

(gal/min)

Pressure Drop

(psi)

Power Loss

(hhp)

210

223

27

420

778

191

630

1,613

593

10.0-lb/gal Mud with 25-cp Plastic Viscosity

Flow Rate

(gal/min)

for 10.0 lb/gal mud

for 15.0 lb/gal mud

for 20.0 lb/gal mud

210

223

308

338

420

778

1,076

1,354

630

1,613

2,231

2,809

The muds viscosity also influences the pressure and power losses in the system,

although not as significantly as the other factors. For example, increasing the

plastic viscosity from 25 to 40 cp only increases the pressure losses by approximately 10%.

Another major factor influencing the pressure and power losses is the drillpipe

ID. With a small ID, the fluid velocity must be greater for a given rate, creating

higher turbulence and greater pressure and power loss. Table 3.5 (Page 3-12)

compares the pressure losses for 10,000 ft of 3 1/2-in., 15.50-lb/ft to 4 1/2-in.,

16.60-lb/ft drillpipe at three different circulating rates when 10.0-lb/gal mud

with a 25-cp plastic viscosity is pumped. Some of these pressure drops are

excessive and are shown for comparison only. Decreasing the drillpipe size from

4 1/ 2-in., 16.60-lb/ft to 3 1/2-in., 15.50-lb/ft increases the pressure losses by approximately six and one-third times. Even at reduced circulating rates commonly used with smaller drillpipe, pressure losses are still high.

Because of the influence of the pipe ID, drillpipe size for a given hole size

should be reasonably large, yet not so large that it causes an excessive backpressure on the formation from high annular-return velocity.

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10.0-lb/gal Mud with 25-cp Plastic Viscosity

Flow Rate

(gal/min)

4 / 2-in., 16.60-lb/ft Drillpipe

3 / 2-in., 15.50-lb/ft Drillpipe

210

223

1,421

420

778

4,948

630

1,613

10,266

flow rate

fluid density

mud viscosity

drillpipe ID

Pressure and power losses in the drill collars are similar to those for drillpipe

and are influenced by the same factors as the drillpipe. The reduced ID in the

drill collars increases the velocity and causes a higher friction loss per foot than

in drillpipe. Fortunately, drill collars are much shorter than drillpipe.

Bit Hydraulics

As drilling fluid enters the water courses of the bit and exits the bit nozzle, its

flow rate is greatly increased. Fluid travels through the drillpipe at about

10 ft/sec. As it exits the nozzles of the bit, the fluid may be traveling in excess of

400 ft/sec (more than 270 mile/hr). The increase in kinetic energy for each

gallon of 10.0-lb/gal fluid is even greaterfrom about 15 ft/lb to approximately

25,000 ft/lb of energy.

Just as it is with the drillpipe, the system must pay for transportation of the fluid

through jets with a pressure drop in the entire system. With two-thirds of the

total pressure drop as an average, the drop across the bit is about twice the

pressure drop across the rest of the system. In a well-balanced hydraulic system,

the pressure drop across the nozzles ranges from one-half to three-quarters of

the entire systems pressure drop.

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To find the pressure drop through the bit, first calculate the nozzle velocity at the

jets. Use Equation 3.4 to find the nozzle velocity.

NV = 0.32 x Q AN .................................................................................................. (3.4)

where

NV = Nozzle velocity, ft/sec

Q = Flow rate, gal/min

AN = Total area of all nozzles, in.2

0.32 = Constant

Example 6 is an application of Equation 3.4.

Example 6: How to calculate nozzle velocity

What is the nozzle velocity if three Number 8 jets are used with a flow

rate of 210 gal/min?

Solution

Diameter of Number 8 jet = 8/ 32 in. = 0.25 in.

Area of one jet = 0.7854 x 0.25 in. x 0.25 in. = 0.049 in.2

AN = 3 jets x 0.049 in.2 = 0.147 in.2

Q = 210 gal/min

NV = 0.32 x Q AN .............................................................................. (3.4)

= 0.32 x 210 gal/min 0.147 in. 2 = 457.143 ft/sec

Once the velocity through the nozzle(s) has been calculated, use Equation 3.5 to

calculate the pressure losses through the bit based on the change in kinetic energy.

P = MW x NV2 1,120 .............................................................................................. (3.5)

where

P

MW

NV

1,120

= Mud weight, lb/gal

= Nozzle velocity, ft/sec

= Constant

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3-13

Use the conditions for Example 6. What is the pressure drop across

the bit if the mud weight is 10.0 lb/gal?

Solution

MW = 10.0 lb/gal

NV = 457.143 ft/sec (from Example 6)

P = MW x NV2 1,120 ....................................................................... (3.5)

= 10.0 lb/gal x (457.143 ft/sec)2 1,120 = 1,865.889 psi

Problem 6

Two Number 16 jets are used with 15.0-lb/gal mud at a 210-gal/min flow rate.

A. What is the nozzle velocity?

Work Space

Answer ____________

B. What is the pressure loss through the bit?

Work Space

Answer ____________

(The solution for Problem 6 is on Page 3-23.)

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A review of Equation 3.4 for nozzle velocity and Equation 3.5 for pressure losses

through the bit shows that three things affect the pressure drop across the bit:

mud weight

flow rate

nozzle size

Increasing the nozzle area reduces both the velocity and the pressure drop across

the bit. When the mud weight is increased, the pressure drop increases proportionately. Larger flow rates also increase the pressure drop across the bit.

Table 3.6 shows nozzle exit velocities for various flow rates and nozzle sizes.

Some of the high velocities shown in the table are unattainable; they are shown

to illustrate the importance of nozzle selection. Doubling the flow rate doubles

the exit velocity at the bit nozzles (from 210 gal/min to 420 gal/min) and increases the velocity (from 457 ft/sec to 914 ft/sec for three Number 8 nozzles).

Doubling the nozzle diameter (from three Number 8 jets to three Number 16 jets)

quadruples the nozzle area (from 0.147 in.2 to 0.589 in.2) and reduces the velocity

by a factor of four (457 ft/sec 4 114 ft/sec).

2

Flow Rate

(gal/min)

0.147

0.331

0.589

210

457

203

114

420

914

406

228

840

1,828

812

456

Table 3.7, Page 3-16, shows the pressure drops with the same nozzles and rates

as Table 3.6. Several of the pressure drops shown are not attainable, but can be

used for comparison. Notice that fluid density (mud weight) is an important

factor affecting the pressure drop across the nozzles. Doubling the mud weight

(from 10 lb/gal to 20 lb/gal) also doubles the pressure drop across the nozzles

(1,866 psi x 2 = 3,732 psi at 210 gal/min using three Number 8 jets).

Nozzle size also affects pressure. At 210 gal/min with 10-lb/gal mud, doubling

the nozzle diameters (three Number 8 jets to three Number 16 jets) reduces the

pressure drop by a factor of 16 (1,866 psi 16 = 116.6 psi). Flow rate also affects

the pressure drop. With 10.0-lb/gal mud and three Number 8 jets, doubling the

flow rate (from 210 gal/min to 420 gal/min) increases the pressure drop by a

factor of four (1,866 psi x 4 = 7,464 psi).

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3-15

Power is necessary to remove cuttings from the bottom of the hole. Since it is

normally necessary to maintain the hydrostatic pressure at the bottom of the

hole at a higher value than the pressure in the pores of the formation, the cuttings are securely held against the face of the rock. The high-velocity jetting

action causes the drilling fluid to penetrate among the cuttings and even into the

minute fractures on the bottom of the hole, partially equalizing the differential

pressure existing at the rock face that otherwise tends to hold the cuttings down.

Reducing this differential pressure then allows the high-velocity fluid to remove

the cuttings quickly and easily. Figure 3.2 illustrates this effect.

Flow Rate Mud Weight

(gal/min)

(lb/gal)

210

420

840

3-16

2

Nozzle Area (in. )

Three No. 8 Jets

0.147

0.331

0.589

10

1,866

368

116

15

2,799

552

174

20

3,732

736

232

10

7,464

1,472

465

15

11,195

2,208

697

20

14,927

2,944

929

10

29,854

5,888

1,860

15

44,781

8,832

2,789

20

59,708

11,776

3,719

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High-velocity

fluid-jet action

releases chips

fractured by

bit teeth.

Hydrostatic pressure

causes chip

hold-down.

the mud seal across

cracks in fractured

rocks.

than hydrostatic

pressure.

hold-down.

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Annular Hydraulics

Annular hydraulic principles differ from drillpipe or bit hydraulic principles in

several ways. First, annular flow is much slower; in fact, flow in the annulus is

normally considered to be laminar as opposed to the turbulent flow inside the

pipe. Second, the shape of the flow passage is not just round but generally is

considered more doughnut-shaped, as shown in Figure 3.3. Even this assumption does not generally hold true. Since the pipe is not always centered in the

hole, the annular flow passage is actually more crescent-shaped (Figure 3.4).

However, for calculation purposes (since the cross-sectional areas are the same)

the doughnut approach is usually used. Third, the irregularities in the hole

(washed-out sections or sloughing formations) cause the openhole section to

disturb the laminar flow pattern. Fourth, the rotation of the pipe (as crescent

revolves around the inside of the hole) also tends to break up the laminar flow in

the annulus.

Doughnut-Shaped

Annulus

Drillpipe

Figure 3.3

Crescent-Shaped

Annulus

Drillpipe

Figure 3.4

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During slow, hard rock drilling, an annular velocity of 1 1/2 to 2 ft/sec (about 100

to 125 ft/min) is adequate to bring cuttings to the surface. For fast top-hole

drilling, experience shows that higher annular velocities will be required, especially when laminar flow exists.

The principles that apply to flow in the drillpipe also apply to the annular flow.

The higher the flow rate, the greater the pressure drop caused by friction. Similarly, high-viscosity mud also increases the annular pressure drop slightly; the

backpressure at the bottom increases, which tends to hold down the chips.

Annular velocities must be sufficient to carry the cuttings to the surface. Cuttings

do not travel at the same speed as the fluid. The difference in the fluid velocity

and the cutting velocity is known as the slip velocity. A higher slip velocity means

that a cutting slips more in the fluid carrying it.

To calculate slip velocity, use Equation 3.6.

SV =

175 PD (PW - MW )

MW 0.333 cp0.333

0 . 667

........................................................................... (3.6)

where

SV

175

PD

PW

MW

= Constant

= Particle (cutting) diameter, in.

= Particle weight, lb/gal (normally about 21.0 lb/gal)

= Mud weight, lb/gal

cp

= Mud viscosity, cp

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3-19

What is the slip velocity of 0.20-in. diameter cuttings in 10 lb/gal of 40cp mud?

Solution

PD = 0.20 in.

PW = 21.0 lb/gal

MW = 10.0 lb/gal

cp = 40 cp

SV =

175 PD (PW - MW )

0.667

MW 0.333 CP0.333

175 0.20 ( 2.10 -10.0)

........................................................... (3.6)

0.667

10.00.333 40 0.333

175 0.20 4.9500

= 23.561 ft / min

2.153 3.146

Problem 7

What is the slip velocity of 0.30-in. diameter cuttings when 9.5-lb/gal mud with

an 89-cp viscosity is circulated?

Work Space

Answer ____________

(The solution for Problem 7 is on Page 3-23.)

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October 1996

Table 3.8 compares slip velocities for various mud weights, viscosities, and

cutting sizes. Some of the viscosities shown in Table 3.8 are unattainable with the

mud weights listed, but are included for comparative purposes.

Viscosity causes a small change in slip velocity. Changing the viscosity of

10.0-lb/gal mud from 40 to 80 cp only decreases slip velocity from 23.6 ft/min to

18.7 ft/min, a reduction of approximately 21%; the cuttings are traveling closer

to the mud velocity in 80-cp mud than in 40-cp mud.

Table 3.8 shows that doubling the cutting size approximately doubles the slip

velocity. A 0.20-in. diameter cutting in 20-lb/gal, 40-cp mud has a slip velocity of

3.8 ft/min compared to 7.6 ft/min for a cutting twice its size. The larger the

cutting, the greater the difference in its velocity and the fluid velocity.

Table 3.8 also shows that the higher the mud weight, the lower the slip velocity.

With 40-cp mud carrying 0.20-in. cuttings, increasing the mud weight from 10

lb/gal to 20 lb/gal decreases the slip velocity from 23.6 ft/min to 3.8 ft/min.

Heavier mud, therefore, has a much greater carrying capacity because the slip

velocity is much less.

Slip Velocity (ft/min)

Viscosity

(cp)

40

80

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Mud Weight

(lb/gal)

0.20

0.30

0.40

10

23.6

35.3

47.1

20

3.8

5.7

7.6

10

18.7

28.1

37.4

20

3.0

4.5

6.0

Drilling Hydraulics

3-21

Solutions to Problems

Pages 3-22 and 3-23 list the solutions to the practice problems in Chapter 3. Most

of the problems can be solved more than one way. Different methods may give

slightly different answers, depending on how the numbers are rounded off.

NOTE

If you use and understand a particular method, always use it, even if it is not

used in this text.

P

= 333 psi

Q = 1,260 gal/min

hhp = (P x Q) 1,714 ................................................................................................ (3.1)

= (333 psi x 1,260 gal/min) 1,714 = 244.796 hhp ................................ Answer

P

= 1,000 psi - 75 psi = 925 psi

Q = 210 gal/min

hhp = (P x Q) 1,714 ................................................................................................ (3.1)

= (925 psi x 210 gal/min) 1,714 = 113.331 hhp ................................... Answer

hhp = 250 hhp

E

= 0.80

ihp = hhp E ............................................................................................................ (3.2)

= 250 hhp 0.80 = 312.5 hp ...................................................................... Answer

P

= Discharge pressure - Suction pressure = 1,100 psi - 100 psi = 1,000 psi

Q = 840 gal/min

hhp = (P x Q) 1,714 ................................................................................................ (3.1)

= (1,000 psi x 840 gal/min) 1,714 = 490.082 hhp

E

= 0.75

ihp = hhp E ........................................................................................................... (3.2)

= 490.082 hhp 0.75 = 653.442 hp ........................................................... Answer

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October 1996

MW = 15.0 lb/gal

Q

PV

L

D

P

= 150 gal/min

= 50 cp

= 5,000 ft

= 2.602 in.

= (7.7 x 10-5) x (MW0.8 x Q1.8) x (PV0.2 x L) D4.8 .............................................................................. (3.3)

hhp = (P x Q) 1,714 ............................................................................................... (3.1)

= (616.051 psi x 150 gal/min ) 1,714 = 53.913 hhp ............................ Answer

A. Q = 210 gal/min

AN = 2 x 0.196 in. = 0.392 in.

NV = 0.32 x Q AN ........................................................................................... (3.4)

= 0.32 x 210 gal/min 0.392 in. = 171.429 ...................................... Answer

B. MW= 1.50 lb/gal

NV = 171.429 ft/sec

P = MW x NV 1,120 ................................................................................... (3.5)

= 15.0 x 171.429 1,120 = 393.586 ..................................................... Answer

PD = 0.30 in.

PW = 21.0 lb/gal

MW = 9.5 lb/gal

cp = 89 cp

0.667

SV = 175 x PD x (PW - MW)

............................................................................ (3.6)

MW0.333 x cp0.333

175 x 0.30 in. x (21.0 - 9.5)0.667

=

= 28.373 ft/sec ......................................... Answer

9.50.333 x 890.333

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