Radiation-Induced Thickening for Set-On-Command Sealing Compositions and Methods of Use
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.
Lewis, SJ., Davis, J., Funkhouser, G., Myers, D., Soby, L., Gupta, V., ... Hoertz, P. (2014). IPC No. U.S. Radiation-Induced Thickening for Set-On-Command Sealing Compositions and Methods of Use. (Patent No. 8684082).