Sonic and mud rotary drilling compare

Discussion in 'Geothermal Loops' started by Davidren, May 31, 2012.

  1. Davidren

    Davidren New Member

    Hi,

    Anyone can compare sonic drilling and mud rotary drilling on efficiency, cost, circulation fluid, etc ?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Palace GeoThermal

    Palace GeoThermal Well-Known Member Industry Professional Forum Leader

    We have a sonic rig, sometimes we shine where mud rotary can't and vice a versa.

    You can see video of our rig

    here

    and

    here
     
  3. waterpirate

    waterpirate Well-Known Member Industry Professional Forum Leader

    Sonic and mud rotary have a wide application, however it is about the lithology you are planning on operateing in that would make the decision easier. Sonic can drill where mud rotary would fail, but the added time to drill sonic would not be practical if the drilling could be done useing conventional mud rotary.
    Eric
     
  4. Davidren

    Davidren New Member

    Does sonic drilling use circulation fluid ?

    Thanks.
     
  5. Palace GeoThermal

    Palace GeoThermal Well-Known Member Industry Professional Forum Leader

    Some do, some don't. We do.
     

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