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

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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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1750-5836; 639039
Grant/Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000; FE0009562; DEFE0009562
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 58; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 1750-5836
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 Orgs:
Egyptian Petroleum Research Inst. (EPRI), Cairo (Egypt)
Country of Publication:
United States
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1413058