Radiation-Induced Thickening for Set-On-Command Sealant Compositions
Lewis, S. J., Davis, J., Myers, D., Soby, L., Gupta, V., Dummer, A., & Rao, V. (2012). IPC No. U.S.Radiation-Induced Thickening for Set-On-Command Sealant Compositions (Patent No. 8138128.)
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.