Mud pumps are reciprocation plunging pumps that are used in several drilling operations. Mud pumps are commonly employed to circulate the drilling fluid on a drilling rig. They are the important parts of any oil rig drilling operation.
Mud pumps can be divided into two categories based on the completion times of the suction and drainage in one cycle of the piston’s reciprocating motion. Mud pumps usually come in a large variety of pumping capacities and operation methods. The most preferred are triplex and quintuplex pumps. The name triplex or quintuplex refers to the number of pistons or plungers. Triplex pumps have three pistons whereas quintuplex pumps have five. However, hex pumps which have six pistons, are also being increasingly used because of their extended features and advantages. Even so, quintuplex pumps dominate the industry. The increased number of pistons results in enhanced pumping capacity and efficiency.
Despite the higher number of pistons, these pumps are not inherently complex. Quintuplex pumps have a simple design and are easy to maintain. This is also because of the evolution of technology in the drilling industry driven by the ever-increasing demand for crude oil and natural gas.
Shalepumps is based in Houston, Texas and supplies superior pumping equipment globally. We offer quality drilling mud pumps along with completion units for contractors and well service companies. Some characteristics of the drilling mud pumps provided by us are explained here.
- They have simple structure and this enables handlers to easily maintain the pumps and replace the parts if needed
- These are modern pumps that are sophistically designed for smooth operation, low noise, and reduced vibration
- Such pumps are able to deliver high concentration, and high viscosity suspended slurry
- These high-performance pumps can deliver stable fluid flow with no over-current, and pulsation. The fluid is also stirred and has a shear slurry phenomenon
- The discharge pressure generated by these pumps is also irrelevant to the flow speed. The handler can adjust the displacement by a shifting mechanism or motor
- The pumps usually have self-absorption capacity. They can suck liquid directly without the need of bottom valve
- However, the displacement is proportional to the speed and it can be adjusted by the shifting mechanism or the motor itself