The Cuttings Conundrum: SplitBlade Enhances Cuttings Evacuation and Improves Efficiency
This article first appeared in the June 2018 Edition of Oilfield Technology.
Chris Casad, Ulterra Drilling Technologies L.P., USA, discusses how new drill bit designs enhance cuttings evacuation and improve efficiency.
The push to address a longstanding problem has led to a new development in drill bit design.
The problem relates to the commonly held belief that the poor evacuation of cuttings from drilling operations can significantly limit bit performance, and ultimately the rate of penetration (ROP) – a major concern in drilling operations.