Mud Gun & Mud Gun Pipeline in Solids Control System

When talking about a solids control system equipment, one must first thinks of shale shakers, desander and desilter cones and the decanter centrifuges, because the solids control means to control the solids phase particles. But no one could ignore the mud gun, which is small sized but not small functioned equipment.

GN Solids Control has a long history of designing and manufacturing solids control systems, in this article, we’ll talk about what’s the role the mud gun plays in a standard mud system.

What is a mud gun used for?

1, mud gun is used for helping the mud agitator to keep the drilling mud from settling. The mud agitator is located in middle of tank, and corresponding mud gun is on its side, for caring about the tank corners.

  1. for transporting drilling mud from one tank to any another. Of course, the mud gun can not achieve this goal all by its own, and it need help from the mud gun pipeline.

What does mud gun pipeline look like?

A mud gun pipeline is a 2 inch or 3 inch cubic pipe installed by the top frame of mud tanks. It covers nearly each tank of the system, except for the shaker tank. Because the drilling mud in shaker tank is not active mud, which can not be used directly in further drilling. But the drilling mud in other tanks, like active tank below the centrifuge, most times it could be used for mud pumps. Or mud in storage tank, if there is no need to add new materials into mud to change the proportion, the mud in storage tank can be used directly into further drilling.

Because the mud gun itself has no power to drive the mud, the mud gun line in fact is connected with the mixing pumps. When the user need to transfer mud via mud gun pipeline, he always shut down the connection between the mixing hopper and its centrifugal pumps, then the shear pumps is used to suck mud to mud gun line. By closing some tank’s mud gun lines, drilling mud is transferred to destination tank via mud guns.

GN Solids Control(website: is professional in such systems, and has lots of standard designs available to save the customers’ time. May you have such inquiry, welcome to contact us or visit our booth at Abu Dhabi Oil Show.

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