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Title: A new polymer nanocomposite repair material for restoring wellbore seal integrity

Abstract

Seal integrity of functional oil wells and abandoned wellbores used for CO 2 subsequent storage has become of significant interest with the oil and gas leaks worldwide. This is attributed to the fact that wellbores intersecting geographical formations contain potential leakage pathways. One of the critical leakage pathways is the cement-shale interface. In this study, we examine the efficiency of a new polymer nanocomposite repair material that can be injected for sealing micro annulus in wellbores. The bond strength and microstructure of the interface of Type G oil well cement (reference), microfine cement, Novolac epoxy incorporating Neat, 0.25%, 0.5%, and 1.0% Aluminum Nanoparticles (ANPs) with shale is investigated. Interfacial bond strength testing shows that injected microfine cement repair has considerably low bond strength, while ANPs-epoxy nanocomposites have a bond strength that is an order of magnitude higher than cement. Microscopic investigations of the interface show that micro annulus interfacial cracks with widths up to 40 μm were observed at the cement-shale interface while these cracks were absent at the cement-epoxy-shale interface. Finally, Fourier Transform Infrared and Dynamic mechanical analysis measurements showed that ANPs improve interfacial bond by limiting epoxy crosslinking, and therefore allowing epoxy to form robust bonds with cementmore » and shale.« less

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Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE); USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Contributing Org.:
Egyptian Petroleum Research Inst. (EPRI), Cairo (Egypt)
OSTI Identifier:
1340244
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1413058
Report Number(s):
SAND2016-4031J
Journal ID: ISSN 1750-5836; 639039
Grant/Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000; FE0009562; DEFE0009562
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 58; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 1750-5836
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE

Citation Formats

Genedy, Moneeb, Kandil, Usama F., Matteo, Edward N., Stormont, John, and Reda Taha, Mahmoud M. A new polymer nanocomposite repair material for restoring wellbore seal integrity. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2016.10.006.
Genedy, Moneeb, Kandil, Usama F., Matteo, Edward N., Stormont, John, & Reda Taha, Mahmoud M. A new polymer nanocomposite repair material for restoring wellbore seal integrity. United States. doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2016.10.006.
Genedy, Moneeb, Kandil, Usama F., Matteo, Edward N., Stormont, John, and Reda Taha, Mahmoud M. Wed . "A new polymer nanocomposite repair material for restoring wellbore seal integrity". United States. doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2016.10.006. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1340244.
@article{osti_1340244,
title = {A new polymer nanocomposite repair material for restoring wellbore seal integrity},
author = {Genedy, Moneeb and Kandil, Usama F. and Matteo, Edward N. and Stormont, John and Reda Taha, Mahmoud M.},
abstractNote = {Seal integrity of functional oil wells and abandoned wellbores used for CO2 subsequent storage has become of significant interest with the oil and gas leaks worldwide. This is attributed to the fact that wellbores intersecting geographical formations contain potential leakage pathways. One of the critical leakage pathways is the cement-shale interface. In this study, we examine the efficiency of a new polymer nanocomposite repair material that can be injected for sealing micro annulus in wellbores. The bond strength and microstructure of the interface of Type G oil well cement (reference), microfine cement, Novolac epoxy incorporating Neat, 0.25%, 0.5%, and 1.0% Aluminum Nanoparticles (ANPs) with shale is investigated. Interfacial bond strength testing shows that injected microfine cement repair has considerably low bond strength, while ANPs-epoxy nanocomposites have a bond strength that is an order of magnitude higher than cement. Microscopic investigations of the interface show that micro annulus interfacial cracks with widths up to 40 μm were observed at the cement-shale interface while these cracks were absent at the cement-epoxy-shale interface. Finally, Fourier Transform Infrared and Dynamic mechanical analysis measurements showed that ANPs improve interfacial bond by limiting epoxy crosslinking, and therefore allowing epoxy to form robust bonds with cement and shale.},
doi = {10.1016/j.ijggc.2016.10.006},
journal = {International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control},
number = C,
volume = 58,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2017},
month = {Wed Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2017}
}

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