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Assessment of frictional torque and lubricity of waste-tire bio-oil as lubricant additive for stuck pipe

Okoro, Emeka Emmanuel and IWUAJOKU, SANDRA CHIAMAKA and Sanni, Samuel Eshorame and Igwilo, K. C. (2022) Assessment of frictional torque and lubricity of waste-tire bio-oil as lubricant additive for stuck pipe. Journal of King Saud University – Science, 34.

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The optimal approach to reducing surface torque when drilling uses oil-based or synthetic-based mud systems instead of aqueous mud systems. However, lower surface torque and drag can be achieved by lowering the water-based mud friction factors using lubricant additives. Torque can be reduced up to 25% with the suitable mud lubricant additives. Lubricant additives are viable methods for decreasing frictional resistance in drill strings during oil and gas drilling operations. In this study, bio-oil was produced from waste tire distilled pyrolytic oil and added to formulated standard aqueous drilling fluid to investigate its ability to reduce frictional torque during drilling. The lubricating properties of the proposed lubricant additive was compared with commercially used lubricant additive as reference samples (control). The simulation results were compared with measurements from the OFITE Lubricity Tester. The result shows that adding the distilled waste tire pyrolytic oil and produced bio-oil to the drilling mud decreased the coefficient of friction and torque to generate oily films on the contact-surface. The distilled pyrolytic oil and produced bio-oil torque values were in the range of 23.50–32.98 and 21.30–30.82 respectively. The commercial lubricant additive (control) gave 42.85% maximum torque reduction, while the produced bio-oil gave a similar maximum torque reduction of 41.88%. The result shows that, for a water-based drilling fluid, the friction coefficient between the drill string and rock formation, can be reduced with the application of the produced bio-oil. Thus, the produced bio-oil can be used to prevent differential sticking or free the stuck pipe during drilling.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bio-oil Frictional torque Lubricant additive Stuck pipe Waste tire Water-based mud
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2023 12:34
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2023 12:34

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