Removing mud from drill pipe by foam wiper ball is the most preferred and cost reducing way in oil drilling platforms..
Using a foam wiper ball is a common method for removing mud from the inside of a drill pipe. Here is the general process for using a foam wiper ball to clean a drill pipe:
- Preparation: Before using the foam wiper ball, make sure that the drill pipe is properly secured and supported. The pipe should be drained of any fluids and all personnel should be clear of the area.
- Inserting the wiper ball: The foam wiper ball is typically inserted into the drill pipe using a lubricator or similar tool. The ball should be inserted with the foam side facing outward, towards the inside of the pipe.
- Activating the wiper ball: Once the wiper ball is inside the pipe, it can be activated by applying pressure to the outside of the pipe. This can be done manually, using a hydraulic pump, or with a pneumatic system. The pressure pushes the wiper ball through the pipe, wiping the inside surface as it goes.
- Removing the wiper ball: Once the wiper ball has traveled the length of the pipe, it can be removed by reversing the process. The ball is pulled out of the pipe using the lubricator or similar tool, with the foam side facing inward.
It is important to follow proper safety procedures when using a foam wiper ball to clean a drill pipe. This may include wearing protective equipment, following proper handling procedures, and following all relevant safety regulations. Consult the manufacturer’s guidelines for specific instructions.
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The cement slurry is pumped between the foam balls that wipe the inner surface of the pipe.
The first plug or bottom plug is released into the string to clean the work string from drilling fluids.
The cement is mixed, pumped down the wellbore, followed by the second plug or top plug, and finally drilling mud.