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This recommended practice provides standard procedures for determining the following characteristics of water-based drilling fluids:

a) drilling fluid density (mud weight);
b) viscosity and gel strength;
c) filtration;
d) water, oil, and solids contents;
e) sand content;
f) methylene blue capacity;
g) pH;
h) alkalinity and lime content;
i) chloride content;
j) total hardness as calcium;
k) low-gravity solids and weighting material concentrations.

Annexes A through K provide additional test methods that may be used for:
  • chemical analysis for calcium, magnesium, calcium sulfate, sulfide, carbonate, and potassium;
  • determination of shear strength;
  • determination of resistivity;
  • removal of air;
  • drill-pipe corrosion monitoring;
  • sampling, inspection, and rejection;
  • rig-site sampling;
  • calibration and verification of glassware, thermometers, timers, viscometers, retort cup, and drilling fluid balances;
  • permeability plugging testing at high temperature and high pressure for two types of equipment;
  • sag testing.
 

Document History

  1. API RP 13B-1

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    Field Testing Water-based Drilling Fluids, Fifth Edition, Includes Errata 1 (2020)

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  2. API RP 13B-1 (R2016)


    Recommended Practice for Field Testing Water-based Drilling Fluids, Fourth Edition (Identical to ISO 10414-1:2008), Includes Errata

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  3. API RP 13B-1


    Recommended Practice for Field Testing Water-Based Drilling Fluids, Third Edition

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  4. API RP 13B1


    Recommended Practice Standard Procedure for Field Testing Water-Based Drilling Fluids

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Amendments, rulings, supplements, and errata

  1. API RP 13B-1 Errata 1

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    Errata to Field Testing Water-based Drilling Fluids, Fifth Edition