Disintegrating Frac Plugs
The Baker Hughes disintegrating frac plug is a completely disintegrating frac plug used in plug and perforate applications. The plug is primarily comprised of Baker Hughes IN-Tallic™ material, which disintegrates when exposed to the salinity and temperature prevalent in wellbores and completely dissolves in acid. The packing element and nickel alloy coated slip both disintegrate, as well, providing for a completely disintegrating plug that does not leave any shear screws, nor ceramic or carbide buttons downhole that could interfere with future workovers and refracturing operations. The Baker Hughes disintegrating frac plug is activated by dropping an IN-Tallic frac ball from surface to land on seat of the plug and create the diversion mechanism to ensure the fracturing treatment is targeted to the proper zone. Once the well is turned to production, the plug and ball will disintegrate, allowing the well to produce through the inside diameter of the plug until the plug vanishes with the production fluid.