RoXplorer® Research

Posted on May 29, 2018 by DET CRC

CTrol® and CTrolX drilling fluid system.

Numerical modelling, laboratory analysis and fieldwork to overcome the key challenges to deploying coiled tubing drilling in mineral exploration.

  • Increasing from approximately 30 to 1,000 the number of trips in and out of the borehole that coiled tubing can undertake prior to fatiguing, by utilising new materials, positioning the reel directly above the drill hole and numerous other design features.
  • Drilling hard rocks with low weight-on-bit using percussion and high speed rotary (full-face diamond) drilling methods driven by downhole motors and turbines.
  • Developing fluid systems that can sufficiently clean dirty water and cuttings-loaded recirculated drilling fluids to drive the downhole motors.
  • Developing the CTrol® and CTrolX drilling fluids which control fluid loss from the borehole into the formation being drilled.