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Reducing or stopping the uncontrolled flow of fluid such as oil from a well

United States Patent

February 18, 2014
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The uncontrolled flow of fluid from an oil or gas well may be reduced or stopped by injecting a composition including 2-cyanoacrylate ester monomer into the fluid stream. Injection of the monomer results in a rapid, perhaps instantaneous, polymerization of the monomer within the flow stream of the fluid. This polymerization results in formation of a solid plug that reduces or stops the flow of additional fluid from the well.
Hermes; Robert E. (White Rock, NM)
Los Alamos National Security, LLC (Los Alamos, NM)
13/ 103,900
May 9, 2011
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERAL RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Los Alamos National Security, LLC, for the operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory. The government has certain rights in the invention.