Introduction to drilling fluids -- The development of drilling fluids technology -- Equipment and procedures for evaluating drilling fluid performance -- Clay mineralogy and the colloid chemistry of drilling fluids -- The rheology of drilling fluids -- The filtration properties of drilling fluids -- The surface chemistry of drilling fluids -- Hole stability -- Drilling problems related to drilling fluids -- Completion, reservoir drilling, workover, and packer fluids -- Drilling fluids components -- Drilling and drilling fluids waste management.
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The petroleum industry in general has been dominated by engineers and production specialists. The upstream segment of the industry is dominated by drilling/completion engineers. This text incorporates information on technology, economic, and political issues that have impacted the use of fluids to drill and complete oil and gas wells.