A drilling mud, or drilling fluid, is an oil or water-based mix of minerals (barite, calcium carbonate), salts and polymers formulated to protect the drill and the shaft during oil or gas production.

Analysis of drilling muds and drilling mud constituents is necessary to understand, monitor and control:

  • Molecular weight distributions and structure of polymer additives for a resource-efficient product
  • Particle size distribution and shape consistency to prevent aggregates that might cause damage, prevent the escape of gas and block pores
  • Zeta potential – to manage salt concentration and minimize aggregate formation from the outset.

Malvern Panalytical offers laboratory solutions used in studying the parameters influencing formulation and composition and manufacture on-line particle sizing solutions for in-use monitoring of drilling muds.

Mastersizer range

Mastersizer range

World's most popular particle size analyzers

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Measurement Particle size
Particle size range 0.01µm - 3500µm
Technology Light Scattering, Laser Diffraction
Dispersion type Wet, Dry, Wet and Dry

OMNISEC

OMNISEC

The world’s most advanced multi-detector GPC/SEC system

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Measurement Molecular structure, Molecular size, Molecular weight
Molecular weight range 200Da - 10MDa
Minimum sample mass (polystyrene) 100ng
Minimum sample mass (BSA) 100ng
Technology Gel Permeation Chromatography, Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC), Light Scattering, Static Light Scattering

The Petro edition of Zetium

The Petro edition of Zetium

The new element in petrochemicals

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Measurement Thin film metrology, Elemental analysis, Contaminant detection and analysis, Elemental quantification
Sample throughput 160per 8h day - 240per 8h day
Power 1-2,4 kW
Technology X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (WDXRF), Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF)

Epsilon 1 Lubricating oils

Epsilon 1 Lubricating oils

Easiest analysis of additives in lubricating oils

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Measurement Elemental analysis, Contaminant detection and analysis, Elemental quantification
Elemental range Na-Am
Resolution (Mn-Ka) 145eV
LLD 1 ppm - 100%
Sample throughput 40per 8h day - 80per 8h day
Technology X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF)

Mastersizer range

Mastersizer range

World's most popular particle size analyzers

OMNISEC

OMNISEC

The world’s most advanced multi-detector GPC/SEC system

The Petro edition of Zetium

The Petro edition of Zetium

The new element in petrochemicals

Epsilon 1 Lubricating oils

Epsilon 1 Lubricating oils

Easiest analysis of additives in lubricating oils

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Measurement Particle size Molecular structure, Molecular size, Molecular weight Thin film metrology, Elemental analysis, Contaminant detection and analysis, Elemental quantification Elemental analysis, Contaminant detection and analysis, Elemental quantification
Particle size range 0.01µm - 3500µm      
Molecular weight range   200Da - 10MDa    
Minimum sample mass (polystyrene)   100ng    
Minimum sample mass (BSA)   100ng    
Sample throughput     160per 8h day - 240per 8h day 40per 8h day - 80per 8h day
Power     1-2,4 kW  
Elemental range       Na-Am
Resolution (Mn-Ka)       145eV
LLD       1 ppm - 100%
Technology Light Scattering, Laser Diffraction Gel Permeation Chromatography, Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC), Light Scattering, Static Light Scattering X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (WDXRF), Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF)
Dispersion type Wet, Dry, Wet and Dry      

Mastersizer range

OMNISEC

The Petro edition of Zetium

Epsilon 1 Lubricating oils

Mastersizer range OMNISEC The Petro edition of Zetium Epsilon 1 Lubricating oils

World's most popular particle size analyzers

The world’s most advanced multi-detector GPC/SEC system

The new element in petrochemicals

Easiest analysis of additives in lubricating oils

More details More details More details More details
Technology
Laser Diffraction
Gel Permeation Chromatography
Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC)
Light Scattering
Static Light Scattering
Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF)
Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (WDXRF)
X-ray Fluorescence (XRF)