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The Non-Aqueous Drilling Fluids Handbook - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128201985

The Non-Aqueous Drilling Fluids Handbook

1st Edition

Understanding and Managing Oil-Based Muds

Author: Fred Growcock
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128201985
Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
Published Date: 1st April 2021
Page Count: 480
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. A History of NADFs
3. Properties of NADFs
4. NADF Systems
5. NADF Components
6. Wellbore Hydraulics and Hole Cleaning
7. Downhole Losses
8. Wellbore and Formation Stability
9. Drilling Operations
10. Mud Processing System
11. Environmental Issues
12. Non-Aqueous vs Aqueous Drilling Fluids


The Nonaqueous Drilling Fluids Handbook: Understanding and Managing Oil-Based Muds is the first to deliver critical information on NADFs, covering their design, management and optimization. Discussing the history of NADFs, their properties, and benefits to various types of complex operations aids petroleum engineers in knowing when and how to use this valuable product. Advantages and disadvantages are examined, along with environmental considerations, including safety and human health hazards. Written by a well-respected author and supporting cast of contributors, this book equips today’s petroleum engineer with a systematic and practical collection of protocols and solutions to more complicated drilling operations.

Key Features

  • Provides the first reference to focus solely on non-aqueous drilling fluids
  • Packed with properties and operational functions, such as wellbore hydraulics, downhole losses and formation stability
  • Includes a glossary, engineering data and detailed testing methods specific to NADFs


Drilling fluid engineers; petroleum researchers; mud engineers; petroleum engineering graduate level students; petroleum engineers


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About the Author

Fred Growcock

Fred Growcock is a retired global fluids specialist, having worked for several major operators and service suppliers. He has published numerous articles on drilling fluids and been awarded over 15 patents. He is an active member of SPE, AADE, and ACS; participates on various API committees; is a Fellow of AIC; and is an SPE Distinguished Lecturer. Fred was inducted into the AADE Fluids Hall of Fame in 2018. He earned BA and BS degrees in Chemistry from the University of Texas, and MS and PhD degrees in Physical Chemistry from New Mexico State University.

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