Petroleum Engineer's Guide to Oil Field Chemicals and Fluids

1st Edition

Authors: Johannes Fink
Paperback ISBN: 9780123838445
eBook ISBN: 9780123838452
Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
Published Date: 26th May 2011
Page Count: 808
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Petroleum Engineer's Guide to Oil Field Chemicals and Fluids is a comprehensive manual that provides end users with information about oil field chemicals, such as drilling muds, corrosion and scale inhibitors, gelling agents and bacterial control. This book is an extension and update of Oil Field Chemicals published in 2003, and it presents a compilation of materials from literature and patents, arranged according to applications and the way a typical job is practiced. The text is composed of 23 chapters that cover oil field chemicals arranged according to their use. Each chapter follows a uniform template, starting with a brief overview of the chemical followed by reviews, monomers, polymerization, and fabrication. The different aspects of application, including safety and environmental impacts, for each chemical are also discussed throughout the chapters. The text also includes handy indices for trade names, acronyms and chemicals. Petroleum, production, drilling, completion, and operations engineers and managers will find this book invaluable for project management and production. Non-experts and students in petroleum engineering will also find this reference useful.

Key Features

  • Chemicals are ordered by use including drilling muds, corrosion inhibitors, and bacteria control
  • Includes cutting edge chemicals and polymers such as water soluble polymers and viscosity control
  • Handy index of chemical substances as well as a general chemical index


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

Table of Contents


  1. Drilling Muds Classification of Muds Dispersed Noninhibited Systems Phosphate-treated Muds Lignite Muds Quebracho Muds Lignosulfonate Muds Lime Muds Sea Water Muds Nondispersed Noninhibited Systems Low-solids Fresh Water Muds Variable Density Fluids Gas-based Muds Drill-in Fluids Mud Compositions Inhibitive Water-based Muds Water-based Muds Oil-based Drilling Muds Synthetic Muds Inverted Emulsion Drilling Muds Foam Drilling Chemically Enhanced Drilling Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Drilling Additives Thickeners Lubricants Bacteria Corrosion Inhibitors Viscosity Control Clay Stabilization Formation Damage Shale Stabilizer Fluid Loss Additives Scavengers Surfactants Hydrate Inhibitors Weighting Materials Organoclay Compositions Miscellaneous Multicomponent Additives Cleaning Operations Cuttings Removal Junk Removal Filter Cake Removal Drilling Fluid Disposal Toxicity Conversion Into Cements Environmental Regulations Characterization of Drilling Muds Viscosity API Filtration Alkalinity and pH Total Hardness Roller Oven References Tradenames
  2. Fluid Loss Additives Mechanism of Action of Fluid Loss Agents Action of Macroscopic Particles Action of Cement Fluid Loss Additives Testing of Fluid Loss Additives Formation Damage Reversible Gels Bacteria Inorganic Additives Bentonite Sodium Metasilicate Ultra-fine Filtrate-Reducing Agents Bridging Agents for Fluid Loss Control Organic Additives Tall Oil Pitch Mercaptans for Iron Control Polysaccharides Cellulose-based Fluid Loss Additives Starch Borate Crosslinkers Guar Succinoglycan Polyether-modified Polysaccharides Scleroglucan


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About the Author

Johannes Fink

Johannes Fink is a Professor of Polymer Chemistry at Montanuniversität Leoben in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Fink teaches macromolecular chemistry. His career spans for more than thirty years in the field of polymers, including characterization, flame retardancy and pyrolysis of polymers. Johannes has published multiple books and articles, including Petroleum Engineer’s Guide to Oil Field Chemicals and Fluids, 2nd Edition, Water-Based Chemicals and Technology for Drilling, Completion, and Workover Fluids and Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and Fluids Technology, all published by Elsevier.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Polymer Chemistry, Montanuniversität Leoben, Vienna, Austria


"If you are new to oil field chemicals or just not technically inclined, this book is a good first reference that introduces the what, where, how, and why of the chemicals that are used in the oil field. The book is designed for engineers; however, it would be useful for anyone not familiar with the topic in order to frame the chemistry that is applied in oil recovery." --AOCS, Inform, May 2012