Coupled effects of hydrophilic nano silica oxide and anatase nano titanium oxide on strengths of oilwell cement
Keywords:Nano-silica, nano-titanium, compressive strength, shear bond strength, oilwell cement
The life of oilwells depends on the stability of cement sheath and bond strength with the formation and casing. Extreme subsurface conditions cause substantial stresses on the cement sheath resulting in a serious impact on well integrity. The recommended API cement for oilwell fails to provide the required durability of the cemented well due to such conditions. Supplementary cementitious materials such as nanoparticles are added to improve the cement for long-lasting zonal isolation. In this study, the compressive and shear bond strengths of oilwell cement containing nano-SiO2 and nano-TiO2 were studied at 80 °C for 3, 7, 14, and 28 days of hydration. The XRD, TG, and DSC were used for the analysis of cement hydration products. The results revealed that both nano-SiO2 and nano-TiO2 increased strength evolution. A ternary system made with 2% nano-SiO2 and 2% nano-TiO2 improved compressive strength by 22.6 and 48.4%, while the shear bond strength increased by 110.6 and 55% at age of 3 days and 28 days, respectively, compared to their corresponding binary systems. Therefore, these results remark the potential of replacing an appropriate proportion of oilwell cement with coupled nano-SiO2 and nano-TiO2 to ensure cement sheath structure durability in the annular and long-lasting zonal isolation.
Keywords: Nano-silica, nano-titanium, compressive strength, shear bond strength, oilwell cement