QUIK-GEL® viscosifier is an easy-to-mix, finely ground (200-mesh), premium-grade, high-yielding Wyoming sodium bentonite. QUIK-GEL viscosifier imparts viscosity, fluid loss control and gelling characteristics to freshwater-based drilling fluids.
The use of QUIK-GEL viscosifier promotes or assists the following: Mix with fresh water to form a low-solids drilling fluid for general drilling applications Viscosify water-based drilling fluids Reduce filtration by forming a thin filter cake with low permeability Improve hole-cleaning capability of drilling fluids Mix with foaming agents to make “gel/foam” drilling fluids for air/foam drilling applications
NSF/ANSI Standard 60 certified Single-sack product and cost effective Can provide lubricity for drilling fluids Can mix easily and quickly reaches maximum viscosity Can yield more than twice as much mud of the same viscosity as an equal weight of API oilfield grades of bentonite
• Appearance • Bulk density, lb/ft3 • pH (3% solution)
Grey to tan powder 68 to 72 (compacted) 8.9
Mix slowly through a jet mixer or sift slowly into the vortex of a high-speed stirrer.
Approximate Amounts of QUIK-GEL viscosifier Added to Freshwater
Application/Desired Result lb/100 gal lb/bbl kg/m3
Normal Drilling Conditions 15-25 6-10 18-30
Unconsolidated Formations 35-50 15-21 42-60
Make-Up For Gel/Foam Systems 12-15 5-7 14-18 1 bbl = 42 U.S. gallons