Fluid Displacement Study of Various Non_Newtonian Fluids in a Digitalized Flow Setup

Nico Masching

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis


In the course of this master thesis, high-speed camera images were analysed to draw direct conclusions on the efficiency of fluid displacement processes as they occur in primary cementing operations in the oil and gas industry. These are about ensuring the integrity of wells, using cement as a well barrier element, which is inherently difficult due to complex trajectories and great depths. In addition to efficiency, it was also an objective to determine the degree of intermixing by means of optical spectrometry. An individual experimental setup, consisting of several components, first of all a transparent Plexiglas tube simulating a well, was created to visualize the displacement process. The generated images were analysed by means of a specially created Python program code using thresholding methods. All spectrometer data was processed and analysed. In all experiments, non-Newtonian drilling fluids with additives commonly used in the industry were utilized. The code used to analyse the displacement process has proven itself and the spectrometer has turned out to be a promising novel technique for investigating the degree of intermixing and its impact on cement integrity.
Translated title of the contributionFlüssigkeitsverdrängungsstudie von verschiedenen nicht_Newton'schen Flüssigkeiten in einem digitalisierten Versuchsaufbau
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Montanuniversität
  • Ravi, Krishna, Supervisor (internal)
  • Krishna, Shwetank, Co-Supervisor (internal)
Award date31 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Bibliographical note

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  • Well integrity
  • Cement
  • Well Barrier Element
  • Drilling Fluid
  • Spacer Fluid
  • Fluid Displacement
  • Displacement efficiency
  • Image Analysis
  • High-speed camera
  • Spectrometer
  • Fluid Front
  • Intermixing
  • Thresholding methods
  • Program Code
  • Experimental Study

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