Cement chemistry

Portland cement chemistry and hydration reactions
The first in a series of articles covers cement chemical notation, Portland cement components and their hydration reactions. Read more
Chemical shrinkage of hydraulic binders
The second in a series of articles gives an explanation of chemical shrinkage, with two examples, and a method of measuring chemical shrinkage of hydraulic binders. Read more
Bulk volume changes of Portland cement systems
The third article in the series discusses how the effect of chemical shrinkage on the bulk volume changes will depend significantly on the conditions during setting, and considerations for oil well cementing. Read more


Anti-settling agents
The two most common biopolymer anti-settling agents are Welan and Diutan gums. Read more
Latex additives for gas migration control
Latex additives for gas migration control, with a list of suppliers. Read more
Expanding agents
This article explains how expanding agents can be used to reduce the risk of loss of zonal isolation in both annular and plug configurations. Read more

Laboratory testing

Compressive strength measurements – the effect of slurry stability
Compressive strength measurements on cement systems only provide useful results for slurries that are stable, i.e. slurries that have little or no sedimentation or free fluid generation. Read more
Compressive strength measurements at high temperature
The reasons behind the reduction in compressive strength that is sometimes observed during compressive strength determination (cube tests and UCA measurements) at temperatures above 110°C even when the system contains at least 35% bwoc silica. Read more
Rheological measurements
A discussion of some errors in rheological measurements of cement slurries seen in published documents and comparisons of model fits (Bingham and Herschel-Bulkley) to the data. Read more
Sedimentation tests
A discussion of some experimental observations from sedimentation tests (API RP10B-2) at high temperatures. Read more

Cementing processes

Micro-annulus repair
The pressures, rates and volumes that can be expected when squeezing a micro-annulus. Read more