The present invention includes compositions relating to the setting of fluids or slurries in a wellbore. In one embodiment, a sealant composition having a fluid component and a polymeric additive component can be subjected to ionizing radiation. The ionizing radiation can cause bonding between polymeric additive components and create a polymer matrix within the sealant composition that increases the mechanical strength of the sealant composition.
Radiation-Induced Thickening for Set-On-Command Sealant Compositions
Lewis, SJ., Davis, J., Myers, D., Soby, L., Gupta, V., Dummer, A., & Rao, V. (2012). Radiation-Induced Thickening for Set-On-Command Sealant Compositions. (U.S. Patent No. 8138128). http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?patentnumber=8138128