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Model prediction of the impact of zinc oxide nanoparticles on the fluid loss of water-based drilling mud

Afolabi, Richard O.; Paseda, Peter; Hunjenukon, Sedogan; Oyeniyi, Esther A.


Richard O. Afolabi

Peter Paseda

Sedogan Hunjenukon

Esther A. Oyeniyi


Zhibing Zhang


The use of nanoparticles in the formulation of drilling mud has gained unparalleled research effort. Despite the advancement of nanotechnology, key challenges still remain which relates to attaining predictable properties for nano-drilling muds. In this work, Zinc Oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were synthesized and applied to a water-based drilling mud. The characterization of the ZnO nanoparticles was done using Energy Dispersive X-Ray (EDX) Spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). A basic fundamental approach was applied in deriving a novel model, which predicts the impact of the nanoparticles on the fluid loss of drilling mud during the filtration process. This was done taking into account the kinetics of mud cake formation and colloidal behavior of the nanoparticles. The new fluid loss model gave a better description of the fluid loss behavior of the nano-drilling mud when compared with the American Petroleum Institute (API) model using statistical measures.


AFOLABI, R.O., PASEDA, P., HUNJENUKON, S. and OYENIYI, E.A. 2018. Model prediction of the impact of zinc oxide nanoparticles on the fluid loss of water-based drilling mud. Cogent engineering [online], 5 (1), article 1514575. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 18, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 3, 2018
Publication Date Dec 31, 2018
Deposit Date Jan 14, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 14, 2022
Journal Cogent Engineering
Electronic ISSN 2331-1916
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 1
Article Number 1514575
Keywords Drilling mud; Modelling; Zinc oxide nanoparticles; Fluid loss
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