Applied Drilling Circulation Systems

Applied Drilling Circulation Systems

Hydraulics, Calculations and Models

1st Edition - March 10, 2011

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  • Authors: Boyun Guo, PhD, Gefei Liu
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323281942
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123819581

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Used to clean the borehole, stabilize rock, control pressures, or enhance drilling rates, drilling fluids and their circulation systems are used in all phases of a drilling operation. These systems are highly dynamic and complicated to model until now. Written by an author with over 25 years of experience, Applied Drilling Circulation Systems: Hydraulics, Calculations and Models provide users with the necessary analytical/numerical models to handle problems associated with the design and optimization of cost-effective drilling circulation systems. The only book which combines system modeling, design, and equipment, Applied Drilling Circulation Systems: Hydraulics, Calculations and Models provides a clear and rigorous exposition of traditional and non-traditional circulation systems and equipment followed by self contained chapters concerning system modelling applications. Theories are illustrated by case studies based on the author’s real life experience.The book is accompanied by a website which permits readers to construct, validate, and run models employing Newtonian fluids, Bingham Plastic fluids, Power Law fluids, and aerated fluids principles. This combination book and website arrangement will prove particularly useful to drilling and production engineers who need to plan operations including pipe-tripping, running-in casing, and cementing.

Key Features

  • In-depth coverage of both on- and offshore drilling hydraulics.
  • Methods for optimizing both on- and offshore drilling hydraulics.
  • Contains problems and solutions based on years of experience.


Petroleum Engineer, Production Engineer, Drilling Engineer, Completion Engineer, Operations Engineer, Drilling Manager, Operations Manager, Project Production Engineer

Table of Contents

    • Dedication
    • Preface
    • Introduction
    • Chapter One. Equipment in Mud Circulating Systems
      • 1.1. Introduction
      • 1.2. Mud Pumps
      • 1.3. Drill Strings
      • 1.4. Contaminant-Removal Equipment
    • Chapter Two. Mud Hydraulics Fundamentals
      • 2.1. Introduction
      • 2.2. Characterization of Drilling Mud
      • 2.3. Hydraulics Models
    • Chapter Three. Mud Pumps
      • 3.1. Introduction
      • 3.2. Mud Flow Rate Requirements
      • 3.3. Pressure Requirements
      • 3.4. Horsepower Requirements
      • 3.5. Capacities of Mud Pumps
    • Chapter Four. Mud Hydraulics Optimization
      • 4.1. Introduction
      • 4.2. The Criteria of Hydraulics Optimization
      • 4.3. The Optimum Design of a Hydraulics Program
    • Introduction
    • Chapter Five. Equipment in Gas Drilling Systems
      • 5.1. Introduction
      • 5.2. Surface Equipment
      • 5.3. Downhole Equipment
    • Chapter Six. Gas Compressors
      • 6.1. Introduction
      • 6.2. Gas Flow Mechanics
      • 6.3. Gas Injection Rate Requirements
      • 6.4. Gas Injection Pressure Requirements
      • 6.5. Horsepower Requirements
    • Chapter Seven. Gas Drilling Operations
      • 7.1. Introduction
      • 7.2. Gas Drilling Procedures
      • 7.3. Problems and Solutions
    • Introduction
    • Chapter Eight. Equipment in Underbalanced Drilling Systems
      • 8.1. Introduction
      • 8.2. Surface Equipment
      • 8.3. Downhole Equipment
    • Chapter Nine. Gas and Liquid Injection Rates
      • 9.1. Introduction
      • 9.2. Multiphase Flows in UBD Systems
      • 9.3. The Gas—Liquid Flow Rate Window
    • Chapter Ten. Underbalanced Drilling Operations
      • 10.1. Introduction
      • 10.2. Aerated Liquid Drilling
      • 10.3. Foam Drilling
    • Appendix A. Unit Conversion Factors
    • Appendix B. Minimum Gas Flow Rates Required for Lifting Solids and Water in Air Drilling
    • Appendix C. API Drill Collar Weight (lb/ft)
    • Appendix D. API Drill Pipe Dimensional Data
    • Appendix E. API Casing Dimensional Data
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 272
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Gulf Professional Publishing 2011
  • Published: March 10, 2011
  • Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323281942
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123819581

About the Authors

Boyun Guo, PhD

Boyun Guo is a Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the Petroleum Engineering Department and Director of the Center for Optimization of Petroleum Systems (COPS) of the Energy Institute of Louisiana (EIL). He has 40 years of work experience in the oil and gas industry and academia. He is the principal author of 11 books and author/coauthor of over 150 research papers. He holds a BS degree in Engineering Science from Daqing Petroleum Institute in China, MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology, and a PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Petroleum Engineering Department, University of Louisiana, Lafayette and Director, Center for Optimization of Petroleum Systems (COPS), USA

Gefei Liu

Gefei Liu is the founder and president of Pegasus Vertex, Inc., a drilling software company in Houston, Texas. He received his BS degree from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1987 and an MS degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991. Gefei has published more than 20 technical articles on various drilling engineering topics and one book published by Elsevier titled Applied Drilling Circulation Systems with Prof. Boyun Guo. Mr. Liu was nominated for the SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) Drilling Engineering Award in 2012. In May 2018, Gefei, together with his colleague Dr. Hu Dai, was awarded the Meritorious Awards for Engineering Innovation by Hart’s Energy for developing the CEMPRO+ computer model.

Affiliations and Expertise

Founder and President, Pegasus Vertex, Inc. Houston, USA

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  • Kevin M. Tue Sep 29 2020

    Exceptional Book

    This book is a gift to anyone who is pressed to incorporate hydraulics in their work. It is extremely well organised, with examples through out the book. Hats off to the two gentlemen who put this book together and thank you , very much.

  • MitchellWhatley Wed Aug 21 2019

    Applied Drilling Circulation Systems

    This is one of the best and most comprehensive books available on the subject. The problems and included spreadsheets are invaluable tools that any drilling or completions engineer can use and adapt to specific purposes. Dr. Guo and Mr. Liu have done an exceptional job.