The influence of moisture content on drilled cuttings’ properties of bed packing and flowability Original scientific paper

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Heitor Otacílio Nogueira Altino
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9888-1904
Giovani Aud Lourenço
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3465-2299
Carlos Henrique Ataíde*
Claudio Roberto Duarte
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7539-3054

Abstract

To design and operate various equipment of the solids control system in offshore drilling platforms, it is important to establish how the moisture content influences the characteristics of drilled cuttings to form packed beds and flow over solid surfaces. The current study provides a comprehensive analysis of how moisture content, primarily composed of water and representing Water-based muds (WBMs), influences the properties of bed packing and flowability of drilled cuttings. The particle aggregation/disaggregation dynamics, loose and tapped bulk densities and porosities, compaction dynamics of packed beds, Hausner ratio, and angle of repose of drilled cuttings with ten distinct moisture contents (1.4-44.0 wt.%) were analyzed. It was noticed that the increment of moisture content up to 15.2 % promoted the formation of looser interparticle structures. However, these structures were steadier, showing greater difficulty to flow and release air/liquid. The continuous increment of moisture content beyond 15.2 %, promoted a complete change in the material behavior. The interparticle structures became denser. The material could flow and release air/liquid more easily. In addition, it was possible to establish a classification of the different behaviors of drilled cuttings according to the moisture content. Predictive models were proposed to describe the influence of the moisture content on the bed packing and flowability properties of drilled cuttings.

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Nogueira Altino, H. O., Lourenço, G. A. ., Ataíde*, C. H. ., & Duarte, C. R. . (2023). The influence of moisture content on drilled cuttings’ properties of bed packing and flowability: Original scientific paper. Chemical Industry & Chemical Engineering Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.2298/CICEQ230424023A
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Carlos Henrique Ataíde*, Federal University of Uberlandia, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Av. João Naves de Ávila, 2121, Block 1K, 38408-100 Uberlândia, MG, Brazil

*In memoriam

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