MUDPLEX is a high performance mixed-metal oxide water-based drilling fluid that unlike many polymers, when incorporated results in low solids shear thinning fluids that do not degrade at high shear rates. MUDPLEX system is a low solids aqueous drilling fluid that utilizes mixed metal hydroxides to extend bentonite or attapulgite in fresh water. The combination of small particle size and positive charge causes MMO crystals to interact with clay particles via an ion exchange mechanism, resulting in a unique gel structure. The most important result of this inter-particle association is the unique ability of MUDPLEX to exhibit low viscosity at the drill bit, yet gel quickly as flow decreases, thereby carrying and suspending cuttings.
OIL & GAS