Wall slip phenomenon assessment of yield stress pseudoplastic fluids in Couette geometry

V. C. Kelessidis, V. Hatzistamou, R. Maglione

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Results are presented aiming to determine whether wall slip occurs while performing rheological measurements of Carbopol solutions and bentonite dispersions at different concentrations using a standard oil-field Couette-type viscometer with two gap sizes. Yield stresses using a vane rheometer were also determined and compared to those obtained by extension of the experimentally-derived rheological curves at the Couette viscometer. The results show that, if preparation procedures are followed as suggested for Carbopol solutions and by API standard for drilling fluids, simulating either the pre-shearing in the rig mud pumps or in the bit nozzles during drilling operations, wall slip does not occur, with a good agreement of the rheograms and of the yield stresses determined for both gap sizes of the Couette viscometer and by the vane rheometer. No slip occurs also for CMC solutions which exhibited pseudoplastic power-law behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Rheology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • Bentonite
  • Carbopol
  • Herschel-Bulkley
  • Rheology
  • Rheometry
  • Wall slip

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Science(all)

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