A CFD Validation Effect of YP/PV from Laboratory-Formulated SBMDIF for Productive Transport Load to the Surface

Dennis Delali Kwesi Wayo, Sonny Irawan, Mohd Zulkifli Bin Mohamad Noor, Foued Badrouchi, Javed Akbar Khan, Ugochukwu I. Duru

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Several technical factors contribute to the flow of cuttings from the wellbore to the surface of the well, some of which are fundamentally due to the speed and inclination of the drill pipe at different positions (concentric and eccentric), the efficacy of the drilling mud considers plastic viscosity (PV) and yield point (YP), the weight of the cuttings, and the deviation of the well. Moreover, these overlaying cutting beds breed destruction in the drilling operation, some of which cause stuck pipes, reducing the rate of rotation and penetration. This current study, while it addresses the apropos of artificial intelligence (AI) with symmetry, employs a three-dimensional computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulation model to validate an effective synthetic-based mud-drilling and to investigate the potency of the muds’ flow behaviours for transporting cuttings. Furthermore, the study examines the ratio effects of YP/PV to attain the safe transport of cuttings based on the turbulence of solid-particle suspension from the drilling fluid and the cuttings, and its velocity–pressure influence in a vertical well under a concentric and eccentric position of the drilling pipe. The resulting CFD analysis explains that the YP/PV of SBM and OBM, which generated the required capacity to suspend the cuttings to the surface, are symmetric to the experimental results and hence, the position of the drill pipe at the concentric position in vertical wells required a lower rotational speed. A computational study of the synthetic-based mud and its potency of not damaging the wellbore under an eccentric drill pipe position can be further examined.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2300
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022


  • CFD analysis
  • cuttings
  • Eulerian–Eulerian
  • muds
  • transportation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • General Mathematics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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