04836940 is referenced by 156 patents and cites 11 patents.

A method and composition for controlling the lost circulation of drilling mud in a wellbore during a drilling operation comprising the introduction of a pelletized composition, comprising a water-insoluble, water-absorbent polymer and bentonite, in a weight ratio of water-absorbent polymer to bentonite in the range of from about 9:1 to about 1:9, and preferably in the range of from about 3:1 to about 1:3, into the wellbore to reduce or eliminate drilling mud loss by sealing porous subterranean formations. The pellets essentially maintain their original size as the pellets pass through the wellbore to the site of lost circulation. At the site of lost circulation, the pellets accumulate, absorb water and swell to form an essentially fluid-tight plug. The porous subterranean formation is thereby sealed and further loss of drilling mud is prevented.

Title
Composition and method of controlling lost circulation from wellbores
Application Number
7/95638
Publication Number
4836940
Application Date
September 14, 1987
Publication Date
June 6, 1989
Inventor
William Alexander
Naperville
IL, US
Agent
Mason Kolehmainen Rathburn & Wyss
Assignee
American Colloid Company
IL, US
IPC
C09K 7/02
C09K 7/00
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