• Shazriana Suaib Department of Petroleum Engineering, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia
  • M Aslam B Md Yusof Department of Petroleum Engineering, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia
  • M Arif Ibrahim School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia


Environmental consideration is essential during the drilling process in oil and gas development. However, the existing additives used in Water-Based Mud (WBM) are unable to create an efcient, entirely eco-friendly drilling fuid system. At the same time, Solanum Tuberosum Russet Burbank Waste (STRBW) which ranks as the second most produced food waste, shows a potential to be used as an environmentally friendly additive. In this experimental work, full-set rheological measurements under fresh and aged conditions and the fltration properties of STRBW were investigated in diferent concentrations; 1.2 wt%, 1.4 wt%, 1.8 wt% and 2.2 wt%. The analysis was conducted according to American Petroleum Institute RP-13B-1 Standard. The result was compared with a commercial WBM additive, Polyanionic Cellulose Low Viscosity (PAC-LV). The characterisation of STRBW was performed through Thermogravimetry Analysis (TGA), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy dispersive X-ray (FESEM-EDX) and X-ray Difraction (XRD) analysis. The results showed that the microscopic appearance of STRBW was irregular and had rough. STRBW was degraded at 287°C, and it consisted of Carbon (C), Oxygen (O), Potassium (K), Calcium (Ca) and Magnesium (Mg). From XRD spectra, the existence of B-type starch was identifed in STRBW. To sum up, PAC-LV showed better rheological and fltration performance than STRBW at the same concentration. However, the performance of STRBW was enhanced as the concentration of STRBW increased up to 1.8 wt%. Other than decreasing the quantity of non-biodegradable waste thrown to the environment, these fndings indicated that STRBW has the potential to be utilised as a substitute for several standard chemical additives in the industry, such as polymers and fuid loss agents.

Keywords: Drilling fuid, Solanum Tuberosum, Russet Potato, Environmental friendly additive


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How to Cite
SUAIB, Shazriana; MD YUSOF, M Aslam B; IBRAHIM, M Arif. EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF SOLANUM TUBEROSUM WASTE AS DRILLING FLUID ADDITIVES. Platform : A Journal of Engineering, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, p. 23-35, june 2022. ISSN 2636-9877. Available at: <https://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/paje/article/view/17982>. Date accessed: 03 oct. 2023.