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3M™ Glass Bubbles HGS18000

3M Product Number HGS18000
  • Successfully and predictably reduces the control fluid density
  • Prevents or minimizes fluid loss/lost circulation and formation damage
  • Incompressible and more homogeneous control fluid properties compared with foamed and aerated systems
  • Eliminates the need for specialized equipment used in foamed and aerated systems
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Typical Properties
Attribute Name
Value
Application
Cementing, Drilling Fluids
Brand
3M™
Capabilities
Chemical Resistance, Lightweighting, Temperature Resistance
Color
White
Color (unaided eye)
White, powdery
Composition
Soda-lime-borosilicate glass
Crush Strength
18,000
Density (g/cc)
0.6
Industries
Cementing and Drilling Fluids
Median Particle Diameter
30
Net Weight (Imperial)
1000 lb, 125 lb, 37000 lb, 5 lb
Strength (MPa)
124.1
Details
  • Successfully and predictably reduces the control fluid density
  • Prevents or minimizes fluid loss/lost circulation and formation damage
  • Incompressible and more homogeneous control fluid properties compared with foamed and aerated systems
  • Eliminates the need for specialized equipment used in foamed and aerated systems
  • Potential for reduced Non Productive Time (NPT), improved well integrity and increased well productivity

3M™ Glass Bubbles HGS18000 are hollow glass spheres designed for use in lightweight well cementing for the oil and gas industry. With a nominal density of 0.60 g/cc and an isostatic crush strength of 18,000 psi (pounds per square inch), HGS18000 are well-suited for use in ultra-deep wells.

What are 3M™ Glass Bubbles?
3M™ Glass Bubbles HGS Series are engineered hollow glass spheres made from water-resistant and chemically-stable soda-lime-borosilicate glass. The use of 3M glass bubbles HGS series as density reducing agents in well construction applications offer the potential for:

  • Reduced Non Productive Time (NPT)
  • Improved well integrity
  • Increased well productivity
When drilling and cementing across highly depleted zones and weaker formations, low density systems are required to prevent or minimize fluid loss/lost circulation, formation damage and other problems associated with excessive overbalance conditions. Our 3M glass bubbles offer stability by maintaining target pressures with greater reliability throughout the drilling process. Minimizing the differential pressure (bottom hole pressure minus reservoir pressure) is essential for the success of any drilling operation.

Learn more about 3M™ Glass Bubbles — HGS Series (PDF, 96.9 Kb)

3M™ Glass Bubbles HGS18000 in Cementing
3M glass bubbles HGS18000 added to light weight cement slurries help prevent problems associated with excessive overbalance, including reduced top of cement (TOC) and thus the need for remedial squeeze. Additional benefits include the potential for:
  • Reduced wait-on-cement (WOC)
  • Reduced need for multi-staging
When compared with other microspheres, cementing with HGS18000 in ultra-deep wells offers:
  • Consistency batch-to-batch and location-to-location
  • Greater density reduction capacity (cement slurry density values below 9.0 lb/gal (1.1 Kg/l) have been achieved)
Learn more about 3M™ Glass Bubbles for Low Density Drilling Fluids and Cements (PDF, 617.4 Kb)

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