Masters Theses


"Within the past few years the development of oil-base drilling fluids has become one of the more important contributions to drilling and production technology. The use or these new muds has increased as the benefits obtained have become more widely known and appreciated. Major problems in the petroleum industry have been, for many years, the contamination or drilling muds by salt water; control of mud when drilling through anhydrite, gypsum, or salt deposits; control of heaving or swelling shale; and water or mud blocking or the producing horizons. The development or oil-base drilling fluids is a direct contribution or engineers and scientists to the solving or these problems. The purpose or this- treatise is to combine in a single volume important information concerning the composition, use, and adaptability to these drilling problems or oil-base drilling fluids in the petroleum producing areas of the United States. The bibliography is not presented as a complete reference index, however, the writer believes that it comprises all the major contributions on oil-base drilling fluids. The information has been brought up to date as far as possible. It is thought by the writer that the paper will present a complete picture of the use of oil-base drilling fluids at the present time"--Introduction, page 1.


Martin, R. I.


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Petroleum Engineering


Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy

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iv, 51 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 49-50).


© 1951 William Wesley Collins, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Drilling muds
Oil well drilling

Thesis Number

T 966

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