Mud agitator

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A Mud Agitator is used in surface mud systems to suspend solids and maintain homogeneous mixture throughout the system. A mechanical agitator is driven by an explosion-proof motor, coupled to a gear box that drives the impeller shaft. The impellers (turbines) transform mechanical power into fluid circulation or agitation. The objective is to obtain a uniform suspension of all solids.[1]

Types of Agitator Mounting[edit]

  • Horizontally mounted agitator
  • Vertically mounted agitator[2]

Types of agitating shaft seal[edit]

  • Mechanical seal
  • Packing seal[3]

Types of Agitator Impellers[edit]

Types of Agitator Impellers
  • Radial Flow Impeller. Figure 1 shows a radial flow created by the impellers wherein the circulation is predominantly horizontal.
  • Axial Flow Impellers. Figure 2 shows an axial flow created by the impellers wherein the circulation is predominantly axial fluid movement.

Types of Impeller Blades[edit]

  • Flat blade impeller
  • Canted blade impeller
  • Contour blade impeller

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Drilling Fluids Processing Handbook ISBN 0-7506-7775-9
  2. ^ "High quality mud agitator selection". Aipu solids control. May 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Well drilling mud agitator".