Lost Circulation Materials

  • Yongcun FengEmail author
  • K. E. Gray
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Petroleum Geoscience & Engineering book series (BRIEFSPGE)


Numerous LCMs have been proposed for curing lost circulation. However, due to the complexity of formation properties and fluid loss mechanisms, there is not a universal LCM suitable to all types of losses. The selection of LCMs is highly dependent on the formation types, fluid loss mechanisms (e.g. loss into pores, natural fractures, induced fractures, and vugs), and the loss severity. This chapter gives a brief overview of the LCMs that can be used to mitigate fluid losses in high-permeability formations, low-permeability shales, and vugular/fractured carbonates.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Petroleum and Geosystems EngineeringThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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