Mud Resistivity Meter

The two commonly determined filtration rates are the low-pressure, low-temperature and the high-pressure high-temperature.

Test Equipment

The low pressure test is made using standard cell under the API condition of 100 + 5 psi for 30 minutes at room temperature. Another special cell, will be used to measure filtration rate at elevated temperatures and pressure. Filter press used for filtration tests consists of four independent filter cells mounted on a common frame.

Each cell has its own valve such that any or all the cells could be operational at the same time. Toggle valve on the top of each cell could be operated independently for the supply of air for each individual cell. Special high pressure and high temperature filtration tests are run in the laboratory simulating formation temperature and formation back- pressure.

Baroid Filter
Figure 3.1: Standard API Filter Press
Standard Filter Press
Figure 3.2: High Temperature High Pressure Filter Press



  1. Detach the mud cell from filter press frame.
  2. Remove bottom of filter cell, place right size filter paper in the bottom of the cell.
  3. Introduce mud to be tested into cup assembly, putting filter paper and screen on top of mud tighten screw clamp.
  4. With the air pressure valve closed, clamp the mud cup assembly to the frame while holding the filtrate outlet end finger tight.
  5. Place a graduated cylinder underneath to collect filtrate.
  6. Open air pressure valve and start timing at the same time.
  7. Report cc of filtrate collected for specified intervals up to 30 minutes.
  8. Tabulate the results in an appropriate table.


It should be reported in thirty-second of an inch in whole number. Vernier caliper could be used to measure the thickness, however, while measuring care should be taken not to press vernier jaw on mud cake to penetrate through.

Results on mud cake thickness should be reported in whole number.

Example: 0.75/32" should be reported as 1/32. i.e. closest to the whole number. Likewise 1.75/32" should be reported as 2/32"



The resistivity (Wm) of a drilling mud is influenced by the dissolved salts (ppm) or (gpg, grain per gallon) in the water portion and the insoluble solid material contained in the water portion. The greater the concentration of dissolved salts, the lower resistivity of the solution. Unlike metals, the resistivity of a solution decreases as temperature increases. It is necessary to measure resistivity because the mud, mud cake, mud filtrate resistivity exert a strong effect on the electric logs taken in that mud. The mud resistivity varies greatly from the actual resistivity values due to the various factors encountered in the actual operation.

Test Equipment

Equipment used is the Baroid Resistivity Meter (Fig. 3.3).

Resistivity Meter
Figure 3.3: Analog and Digital Resistivity Meters


  1. Remove excess water from filter cake.
  2. Fill the slot on top of the cell with mud cake.
  3. Press black button and adjust for full scale.
  4. While keeping the black button depressed, press red button.
  5. Reading on the meter is the resistivity of mud cake.
  6. Record the resistivity of the mud cake and the temperature of the cell.
  7. Remove the cell and clean thoroughly with distilled water. (ii)MEASUREMENT PROCEDURE FOR MUD FILTRATE RESISTIVITY
  8. Fill cell with mud and remove excess mud from the top of the cell surfaces).
  9. Connect cell to the resistivity meter.
  10. Press black button and adjust for full scale reading on the meter.
  11. While keeping the black button depressed, press the red button.
  12. The reading on the meter is the resistivity of the mud (when testing mud it may be necessary to allow 3-5 minutes after putting mud in the cell before taking a reading to allow cell and the mud filtrate to reach temperature equilibrium).
  13. Record the resistivity reading and the temperature of the cell.
  14. Remove the cell and clean with distilled water. (Pipe cleaner can be used to remove particles of mud filtrate that cannot be flushed out with water).
  15. By comparing the Spurt Loss of Sample # 1 and Sample #2 in part A of your experimental results, determine which of the two samples plugs the filter paper faster and explain why.
  16. Describe how the filter cake is formed on the walls of a hole during a normal drilling operation.
  17. What are the factors controlling the rate of filtration?
  18. What is sloughing of shale and how can it be controlled?

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  • marja
    What are the factors that control the rate of mud filtration?
    9 years ago
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    How to measure Mud Resetivity?
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    What are the factors controlling the rate of filtration of drilling mud?
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  • Teodata Conti
    How to test mud resistivity?
    9 years ago
  • Fidenzio
    How to measure the thickness of the mud?
    8 years ago
  • Teegan
    Why measure mud resistivity?
    7 years ago
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    How do drilling mud affect resistivity measurement?
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    How mud resistivity meter works?
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    How to measer the mud resitivity meter?
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    What is the api standard of mud filtrate?
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  • anselmo
    How is filter cake formed on the walls of a hole during a normal drilling operation?
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    How to test mud filtrate resistivity?
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