1. adj. [Drilling Fluids]
A descriptive term for a fluid with shear-thinning characteristics that does not exhibit thixotropy. Most effective drilling fluids are shear thinning, although most also exhibit some gel-building characteristics. Pseudoplastic rheology, low viscosity at high shear rates and high viscosity at low shear rates, benefits several aspects of drilling-higher drilling rate and improved cuttings lifting. Bingham plastic fluids, power-law fluids and Herschel-Bulkley fluids fall in the psuedoplastic category of rheology.