Definition - What does Driving Fluid mean?
Driving Fluid is a type of drilling fluid that is used to facilitate the easy drilling of wellbores with the help of drill bits and other drilling equipment. It is often used to drill oil or gas wells and in exploration drilling of wellbores. It is usually of three types, i.e., water-based mud, oil-based mud and gaseous drilling mud. This fluid is ideally used with force to create hydrostatic pressure during the drilling procedure. Out of the three drilling fluids, an oil well can use a particular kind of mud to carry out the drilling operation as per the requirement of the well.
Petropedia explains Driving Fluid
Driving fluid is also known as a drilling fluid or drilling mud. This fluid is an important component that is used to generate force in an oil well during the oil construction operation. Because the drilling mud stays in contact with the wellbore the entire time during the drilling operation, the operation cannot be completed without it. The mud or drilling fluid is usually a thick mixture of fluids, such as seawater, fresh water, brines (natural or synthetic) or oil-based fluids such as diesel oil or mineral oil. Additional components such as thickeners are also added to the fluids so as to attain a certain level of viscosity.