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bottomhole circulating temperature

1. n. [Drilling]

The temperature of the circulating fluid (air, mud, cement, or water) at the bottom of the wellbore after several hours of circulation. This temperature is lower than the bottomhole static temperature. Therefore, in extremely harsh environments, a component or fluid that would not ordinarily be suitable under bottomhole static conditions can be used with great care in circulating conditions. Similarly, a high-temperature well can be cooled down in an attempt to allow logging tools to function. The BHCT is also important in the design of operations to cement casing because the setting time for cement is temperature-dependent. The BHCT and bottomhole static temperature (BHST) are important parameters when placing large volumes of temperature-sensitive treatment fluids.

Alternate Form: BHCT

See: cementingcirculatelogging tooltreatment fluid

2. n. [Drilling Fluids]

The temperature at the bottom of a well while fluid is being circulated, abbreviated BHCT. This is the temperature used for most tests of cement slurry in a liquid state (such as thickening time and fluid loss). In most cases, the BHCT is lower than the bottomhole static temperature (BHST), but in some cases, such as in deep water or in the arctic, the BHCT may be higher than the BHST.

Alternate Form: BHCT