The present invention includes methods relating to the setting of fluids or slurries in a wellbore. In one embodiment, a method of isolating a portion a wellbore by preparing a sealant composition comprising a fluid component and a polymeric additive component, placing the sealant composition into a wellbore and subjecting the sealant composition 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 Sealing Compositions and Methods of Use
Lewis, SJ., Davis, J., Funkhouser, G., Myers, D., Soby, L., Gupta, V., Rao, V., & Hoertz, P. (2014). Radiation-Induced Thickening for Set-On-Command Sealing Compositions and Methods of Use. (U.S. Patent No. 8684082). http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?patentnumber=8684082