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Core Drilling at Shaft Sites of Proposed Mine-Water Drainage Tunnel: Anthracite Region of Pennsylvania

Description: From Scope of Report: "This report deals with the diamond drilling of 15 holes at the shaft of the proposed main drainage tunnel and with the information obtained by a petrographic examination of the core drillings from these boreholes.
Date: 1952
Creator: Ash, S. H. (Simon Harry), b. 1889; Doherty, R. Emmet; Miller, P. S.; Romischer, W. M. & Smith, J. D.
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Prospecting and Testing for Oil and Gas

Description: From Introduction: "Part I of this paper discusses briefly some of the features of oil and gas accumulation and describes certain oil-field rocks and minerals. Part II deals with the kinds of tools that should be used and the information necessary for selecting proper tools. Part III discusses the accurate testing of strata for oil or gas and states principles based on conditions that have frequently existed in well drilling."
Date: 1922
Creator: Collom, R. E.
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History of Coastal Alabama Natural Gas Exploration and Development: Final Report

Description: This report tracks the history of the coastal region of Alabama following interest in oil drilling from 1969 to 1997. Mobil Oil Company sought to lease tracts to drill for oil in Mobile Bay from the state of Alabama, and later the oil companies Exxon, Chevron, and Shell became a part of the competition in the area.
Date: April 1999
Creator: Wade, William W.; Plater, Jason R. & Kelley, Jacqueline Q.
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Tabulated Analyses of Texas Crude Oils

Description: Report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Mines covering the crude oils from different regions of Texas. Analysis of the properties of each oil sample from the different regions of the state are presented. This report includes tables, and a map.
Date: December 1934
Creator: Wade, Gustav
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A Glossary of the Diamond-Drilling Industry

Description: From Introduction: "This Glossary is published by the Bureau of Mines as a contribution to the mining literature to fill a long-felt need for a compilation of the terms used by the diamond-drilling industry." From Scope of Glossary: "This glossary attempts to present by definition the meaning of terms as used by the diamond-drilling industry and to furnish descriptive information regarding the use of diamond-drilling equipment and processes in garnering physical data needed by mining, civil, petroleum, and other professional engineering groups."
Date: 1960
Creator: Long, Albert E.
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Cost Accounting for Oil Producers

Description: From Introduction: "The Bureau of Mines publishes this report in recognition of a distinct need for a simple treatise on accounting methods adapted to the peculiarities of the petroleum industry."
Date: 1917
Creator: Smith, Clarence G.
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Gas Well Drilling: What Does it Mean for North Texas?

Description: This poster introduces the faculty lecture series UNT Speaks Out on Gas Well Drilling: What Does It Mean for North Texas? Presenters include Dr. David Sterling, from the UNT Health Science Center, Dr. Terry Clower from the Center for Economic Development & Research, and Dr. Robert M. Figueroa from the Department of Philosophy & Religion.
Date: February 15, 2011
Creator: Mondragon-Becker, Antonio
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Effect of Oil-Base Drilling Fluid Filtrate on Analysis of Cores from South Coles Levee, California, and Rangely, Colorado Fields

Description: Report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Mines on the study of contamination of cores obtained with conventional core barrels. The effect of the oil-based drilling fluid and analysis of the cores are presented. The report includes tables, graphs, and illustrations.
Date: August 1950
Creator: Gates, Gates L.; Morris, Frank C. & Caraway, W. Hodge
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Description: A history and project summary of the development of an integrated drilling system using a mud-actuated down-hole hammer as its primary engine are given. The summary includes laboratory test results, including atmospheric tests of component parts and simulated borehole tests of the hammer system. Several remaining technical hurdles are enumerated. A brief explanation of commercialization potential is included. The primary conclusion for this work is that a mud actuated hammer can yield substantial improvements to drilling rate in overbalanced, hard rock formations. A secondary conclusion is that the down-hole mud actuated hammer can serve to provide other useful down-hole functions including generation of high pressure mud jets, generation of seismic and sonic signals, and generation of diagnostic information based on hammer velocity profiles.
Date: December 1, 2005
Creator: Fernandez, John V. & Pixton, David S.
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Effects of Minimum Quantity Lubrication in Drilling 1018 Steel.

Description: A common goal for industrial manufacturers is to create a safer working environment and reduce production costs. One common method to achieve this goal is to drastically reduce cutting fluid use in machining. Recent advances in machining technologies have made it possible to perform machining with minimum-quantity lubrication (MQL). Drilling takes a key position in the realization of MQL machining. In this study the effects of using MQL in drilling AISI 1018 steel with HSS tools using a vegetable based lubricant were investigated. A full factorial experiment was conducted and regression models were generated for both surface finish and hole size. Lower surface roughness and higher tool life were observed in the lowest speed and feed rate combination.
Date: December 2008
Creator: Shaikh, Vasim
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Description: This first semiannual report covers efforts to select the materials that will be used in this project. Discussions of crude oils, rocks, smooth mineral surfaces, and drilling mud additives are included in this report.
Date: June 1, 2002
Creator: Buckley, Jill S. & Morrow, Norman r.
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Optimization of Operating Parameters for Minimum Mechanical Specific Energy in Drilling

Description: Efficiency in drilling is measured by Mechanical Specific Energy (MSE). MSE is the measure of the amount of energy input required to remove a unit volume of rock, expressed in units of energy input divided by volume removed. It can be expressed mathematically in terms of controllable parameters; Weight on Bit, Torque, Rate of Penetration, and RPM. It is well documented that minimizing MSE by optimizing controllable factors results in maximum Rate of Penetration. Current methods for computing MSE make it possible to minimize MSE in the field only through a trial-and-error process. This work makes it possible to compute the optimum drilling parameters that result in minimum MSE. The parameters that have been traditionally used to compute MSE are interdependent. Mathematical relationships between the parameters were established, and the conventional MSE equation was rewritten in terms of a single parameter, Weight on Bit, establishing a form that can be minimized mathematically. Once the optimum Weight on Bit was determined, the interdependent relationship that Weight on Bit has with Torque and Penetration per Revolution was used to determine optimum values for those parameters for a given drilling situation. The improved method was validated through laboratory experimentation and analysis of published data. Two rock types were subjected to four treatments each, and drilled in a controlled laboratory environment. The method was applied in each case, and the optimum parameters for minimum MSE were computed. The method demonstrated an accurate means to determine optimum drilling parameters of Weight on Bit, Torque, and Penetration per Revolution. A unique application of micro-cracking is also presented, which demonstrates that rock failure ahead of the bit is related to axial force more than to rotation speed.
Date: May 25, 2011
Creator: Hamrick, Todd
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The Landscape Legacies of Gas Drilling in North Texas

Description: In North Texas, the Barnett Shale underlies large areas of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (DFW), which magnifies debates about the externalities of shale gas development (SGD). Continued demand for natural gas and expansive urbanization in DFW will cause more people to come in contact with drilling rigs, gas transport, and other urban shale gas landscapes. Thousands of gas wells within the DFW region occupy a large, yet scattered land surface area. DFW city planners, elected officials, and other stakeholders must deal with current and future urban growth and the surface impacts that are associated with gas development. This research examines how shale gas landscapes affect urban land uses, landscapes, and patterns of development in DFW. The study focuses on multiple fast growing DFW municipalities that also have high numbers of gas well pad sites. This study asks what are the spatial characteristics of gas well production sites in DFW and how do these sites vary across the region; how do gas well production sites affect urban growth and development; and how are city governments and surface developers responding to gas well production sites, and what are the dominant themes of contestation arising around gas well production sites and suburban growth?
Date: May 2016
Creator: Sakinejad, Michael C
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Microhole Drilling Tractor Technology Development

Description: In an effort to increase the U.S. energy reserves and lower costs for finding and retrieving oil, the USDOE created a solicitation to encourage industry to focus on means to operate in small diameter well-Microhole. Partially in response to this solicitation and because Western Well Tool's (WWT) corporate objective to develop small diameter coiled tubing drilling tractor, WWT responded to and was awarded a contract to design, prototype, shop test, and field demonstrate a Microhole Drilling Tractor (MDT). The benefit to the oil industry and the US consumer from the project is that with the MDT's ability to facilitate Coiled Tubing drilled wells to be 1000-3000 feet longer horizontally, US brown fields can be more efficiently exploited resulting in fewer wells, less environmental impact, greater and faster oil recovery, and lower drilling costs. Shortly after award of the contract, WWT was approached by a major oil company that strongly indicated that the specified size of a tractor of 3.0 inches diameter was inappropriate and that immediate applications for a 3.38-inch diameter tractor would substantially increase the usefulness of the tool to the oil industry. Based on this along with an understanding with the oil company to use the tractor in multiple field applications, WWT applied for and was granted a no-cost change-of-scope contract amendment to design, manufacture, assemble, shop test and field demonstrate a prototype a 3.38 inch diameter MDT. Utilizing existing WWT tractor technology and conforming to an industry developed specification for the tool, the Microhole Drilling Tractor was designed. Specific features of the MDT that increase it usefulness are: (1) Operation on differential pressure of the drilling fluid, (2) On-Off Capability, (3) Patented unique gripping elements (4) High strength and flexibility, (5) Compatibility to existing Coiled Tubing drilling equipment and operations. The ability to power the MDT with ...
Date: July 9, 2007
Creator: Tool, Western Well
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NURE Engineering Report: Carson Sink, Nevada, Borehole

Description: From introduction: This report presents engineering details, history, well logs, and a brief geologic interpretation of the Carson Sink, Nevada, drilling program. A geologic report is in preparation and the geologic information contained herein is of a preliminary nature.
Date: July 1977
Creator: Horton, Robert C.
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Casing Troubles and Fishing Methods in Oil Wells

Description: From introduction: "The Bureau of Mines, in its researches aimed to prevent wastes and to increase efficiency in oil-well practice, has investigated the matter of casing troubles and fishing methods. The results of the investigation are set forth in this paper."
Date: 1920
Creator: Curtin, Thomas
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Advanced drilling systems study

Description: This work was initiated as part of the National Advanced Drilling and Excavation Technologies (NADET) Program. It is being performed through joint finding from the Department of Energy Geothermal Division and the Natural Gas Technology Branch, Morgantown Energy Technology Center. Interest in advanced drilling systems is high. The Geothermal Division of the Department of Energy has initiated a multi-year effort in the development of advanced drilling systems; the National Research Council completed a study of drilling and excavation technologies last year; and the MIT Energy Laboratory recently submitted a proposal for a national initiative in advanced drilling and excavation research. The primary reasons for this interest are financial. Worldwide expenditures on oil and gas drilling approach $75 billion per year. Also, drilling and well completion account for 25% to 50% of the cost of producing electricity from geothermal energy. There is incentive to search for methods to reduce the cost of drilling. Work on ideas to improve or replace rotary drilling technology dates back at least to the 1930`s. There was a significant amount of work in this area in the 1960`s and 1970`s; and there has been some continued effort through the 1980`s. Undoubtedly there are concepts for advanced drilling systems that have yet to be studied; however, it is almost certain that new efforts to initiate work on advanced drilling systems will build on an idea or a variation of an idea that has already been investigated. Therefore, a review of previous efforts coupled with a characterization of viable advanced drilling systems and the current state of technology as it applies to those systems provide the basis for the current study of advanced drilling.
Date: March 1995
Creator: Pierce, K. G. & Livesay, B. J.
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Innovative technology summary report: ResonantSonic{reg_sign} drilling

Description: ResonantSonic{trademark} drilling has been demonstrated and deployed as an innovative tool to access the subsurface for installation of monitoring and/or remediation wells and for collection of subsurface materials for environmental restoration applications. The technology has been developed by industry with assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Technology Development to ensure it meets the needs of the environmental restoration market.
Date: April 1, 1995
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Investigation of Arkansas Bauxite

Description: Report issued by the Bureau of Mines over exploratory work conducted on the bauxite deposits of Arkansas. Descriptions of geophysical characteristics and core drilling results are presented. This report includes tables, maps, illustrations, and photographs.
Date: March 1948
Creator: Malamphy, M. C.; Dale, G. K.; Romslo, T. M.; Reed, A. H., Jr.; Ollar, A. & Tracey, J. I., Jr.
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Continuous chain bit with downhole cycling capability

Description: A continuous chain bit for hard rock drilling is disclosed which is capable of downhole cycling. A drill head assembly moves axially relative to a support body while the chain on the head assembly is held in position so that the bodily movement of the chain cycles the chain to present new composite links for drilling. A pair of spring fingers on opposite sides of the chain hold the chain against movement. The chain is held in tension by a spring-biased tensioning bar. A head at the working end of the chain supports the working links. The chain is centered by a reversing pawl and piston actuated by the pressure of the drilling mud. Detent pins lock the head assembly with respect to the support body and are also operated by the drilling mud pressure. A restricted nozzle with a divergent outlet sprays drilling mud into the cavity to remove debris. Indication of the centered position of the chain is provided by noting a low pressure reading indicating proper alignment of drilling mud slots on the links with the corresponding feed branches.
Date: March 17, 1981
Creator: Ritter, D.F.; St. Clair, J.A. & Togami, H.K.
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