Definition - What does Mud Flow mean?
Mud flow is the circulation of drilling fluid within a trenchless construction operation. Mud, also known as drilling fluid or slurry, is used to transport drill cuttings, lubricate and cool equipment and apply pressure to the borehole. The rate of mud flow is one of the measurements that is monitored to ensure proper drilling operation.
Trenchlesspedia explains Mud Flow
In trenchless construction, the flow of drilling fluid is not left to chance. There are many factors to be considered during the planning stages, which also require close monitoring once drilling has begun. The same care is taken in the use of drilling fluid within the oil and gas industry.
The composition of the mud is important, but so is its rate of flow. The website Drilling Formulas offers plenty of assistance in the calculation of such things as mud flow rate. Many factors such as mud weight and measurements of the borehole go into algorithms that determine optimal mud flow rate. During drilling, the mud flow rate is carefully monitored using sophisticated equipment.
The circulation of mud includes its recycling. A drilling fluid recovery unit processes used mud in a variety of ways and returns it for re-use. Mud pumps are use to force the slurry through the system.