Drilling Mud Agitators for Oil & Gas Processes2013-09-12
Agitators play an important role in the surface treatment of drilling fluids. Impeller-type mixers provide both axial and radial flow, which lowers mud costs and improves mud properties. Impeller-type mixers are basically low-shear and low-energy, inexpensive to operate and easy to maintain. Low-shear mixers are uesd to suspend and mix mud additives minimizing particle size degradation and polymer shear.
Mud Agitators serve three purposes:
1 Ensure mud additives are homogeneously mixed, preventing spot over treatment of chemicals, dilution water or weighting agents.
2 Prevents the pits from "gelling" by keeping the active mud system moving when the mud pumps are disengaged.
3 When drilling with weighted mud, properly sized agitators will keep the weighting agents in suspension, minimizing solids from settling in corners or dead spots of the pit.