Analysis for Diesel Oil Components in Drilling Fluids

    Published: Jan 1988

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    Three methods of isolating No. 2 diesel oil from a bentonite-based drilling fluid were evaluated: soxhlet extraction, ultrasonic extraction, and retort distillation. The efficiency of each method was demonstrated by either gas chromatographic analysis or by a determination of the weight or volume of the residue recovered. Of the methods evaluated, only retort distillation demonstrated recoveries greater than 90%.


    diesel analysis, drilling fluid, retort, gas chromatography, finger printing, sonication, soxhlet extraction

    Author Information:

    Tompkins, DF
    President, Centec Analytical Services, Inc., Salem, VA

    Handel, ED
    President, Centec Analytical Services, Inc., Salem, VA

    Telliard, W
    Industrial Technology Division, Office of Energy and Mining, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,

    Committee/Subcommittee: D34.02

    DOI: 10.1520/STP26712S

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