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Mud Circulation System

Our well control courses use vivid well control animations to explain the importance of drilling mud and the path it takes in circulating rock cuttings out of the wellbore. By the end of these courses, you should have a strong understanding of the Mud Circulation system and the role and importance of drilling mud in a well.

Course Features

Powerful Downhole Animations & Graphics

Visualize how drilling mud circulates downhole and brings rock cuttings back to the surface.

Look inside Drilling Equipment!

Rotate drilling equipment and see how it works on the inside! Powerful, interactive animations of the drill string, mud cleaning equipment, and fundamental manifolds.

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Course Curriculum

Chapter 1 Basic Drilling Equipment
Basic Drilling Equipment

Using animation, introduces students to the basic fundamentals of the drilling process. Introduces the drill bit, drill collar, drill pipe, and derrick. Then, introduces casing pipe and the cementing process. All concepts taught and explained to be accessible to students with no prior drilling knowledge.

Chapter 2 Mud Circulating System
Mud Circulating System

Using powerful animations, introduces students to rock cuttings and walks through the necessity for drilling mud circulation to remove the cuttings from the well. Uses surface and downhole animations to walk through the entire mud circulating system. Lastly, lets students visualize equipment involved in the mud cleaning process through animation of the internal workings of the Shale Shaker and Degasser.

Chapter 3 Pipes and Manifolds
Pipes and Manifolds

Uses the real-life example of a highway system to introduce valves and manifolds on a drilling rig. Walks through the definition, function, and importance of the pump, standpipe, and choke manifolds through vibrant animations. Introduces the adjustable choke and briefly goes into its importance in well control operations.

Chapter 4 Drilling Fluids
Drilling Fluids

Explains the major differences and relative pros and cons of both oil based and water based drilling mud. Also, briefly explores synthetic oil based mud, cement slurry, and fluids used during the workover and completions process.

Chapter 5 Mud Balance
Mud Balance

Introduces the Mud Balance and Pressurized Mud Balance tests used to calculate the density of drilling mud in the rough field environment.

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