SCIN Technology

Steel-Cement Interfacial Nanobond surface treatment

Superior Interfacial Bond

The enhanced interfacial bond between steel casing & cement improves CBL accuracy and reduces the necessity of cement remediation.

Super Hydrophilic

SCIN creates a permanent, extremely hydrophilic surface, reducing the contact angle of water on metal substrates significantly.

Improved Acoustic Coupling

SCIN vastly improves the acoustic coupling between the cement and steel pipe, enabling far more accurate acoustic bond integrity measurements.

Cost Savings

SCIN can eliminate remedial cementing on wells, which can range from $100k to more than $10M per well.

SCIN-treated surfaces are chemically reactive to Portland cement, allowing a superior, uniform cement-steel bond

SCIN Application

SCIN directly addresses the issue of steel hydrophobicity and steel-cement interfacial bond strength. By creating a super-hydrophilic surface, SCIN chemically reacts to Portland cement to create a more effective adhesion on steel pipes.

In addition, SCIN-treated steel significantly improves the accuracy of acoustic cement evaluation results, showing a consistent improvement in acoustic coupling between casing and cement.

Field Tests

SCIN Technology

A number of different techniques for modifying the surface of steel pipe have been practiced for several decades with varying results. None of these methods addressed either the hydrophobicity of carbon steel or the steel-cement interfacial bond other than the use of surfactants in spacers and cement slurry. SCIN has proven to offer an economical solution to this issue, making the pipe surface super-hydrophilic and chemically-reactive to Portland cement, thus able to more effectively bond steel and cement.

Performance

SCIN doubles the wettability of steel

100%

SCIN improves steel-cement bond strength by 100%

100%

SCIN provides 10% greater corrosion resistance to the steel substrate

10%

SCIN Characteristics

SCIN has successfully field tested in both unconventional and deepwater environments, applied to over 5200 ft. of pipe ranging from 5-inch to 16-inch diameters.

  • Electro-chemical/chemical surface treatment process
  • No changes required to normal pipe handling equipment/procedures
  • Water-based
  • Non-toxic, after application
  • Stable & functional under extreme pressures
  • Stable & functional under extreme temperatures
  • Non-insular, transfers heat
  • Applicable to all metallic surfaces/substrates
  • Oleophilic
  • Hydrophilic
  • Improvement in acoustic cement evaluation
  • Scalable process for tubulars, valves, and components

SCIN Cost Savings

Oil and gas operators spend millions of dollars per year on unnecessary remedial cementing attempts

Sonic cement evaluation logs have been used since the late 1950s to quantify the presence of cement behind casing. The bond between casing and cement placed in the annulus is a critical component of wellbore construction. Bond integrity is inferred after the cement has cured, using acoustic methods well-known in the industry. This evaluation is dependent on the acoustic coupling between the cement and the pipe.
However, if the acoustic coupling is weak, non-existent, or has been damaged by operations such as pressure testing or stimulation treatments, the cement may be present but cannot be properly evaluated, leading to ambiguous conclusions and ultimately unnecessary remedial cementing.
In addition to vast bond-strength improvement, SCIN-treatment significantly improves the accuracy of acoustic cement evaluation results, eliminating unnecessary cement remediation costs which can range from $100k to well over $10M per well.

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