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equivalent circulating density

1. n. []

The effective density exerted by a circulating fluid against the formation that takes into account the pressure drop in the annulus above the point being considered. The ECD is calculated as: d + P/(0.052*D), where d is the mud weight (ppg), P is the pressure drop in the annulus between depth D and surface (psi), and D is the true vertical depth (feet). The ECD is an important parameter in avoiding kicks and losses, particularly in wells that have a narrow window between the fracture gradient and pore-pressure gradient.

Alternate Form: ECD

See: fracture gradienthydrostatic pressurekickmud weightpore-pressure gradienttrue vertical depth (TVD)