A next-gen glue just might come from your faucet one day. At Saudi Aramco, it already does. Glue is one of the oldest do-it-yourself fixes in history.
In 70,000 BC, plant and animal products were mixed together to seal and protect cave drawings. In 4,000 BC, broken ceramics became whole again thanks to glue, and ancient Egyptians were the first to use it to assemble furniture.
Fast forward to 2019.
Today, glue is as essential in the classroom as it is to some of the world’s largest industrial projects. In energy, an especially important use of glue is in sealing cracks that develop in cement that cases a well.
Think of a well this way: It’s a narrow, boredout hole into the Earth, downhole, as it is called, that draws hydrocarbons and gas to the surface. Sometimes the cement can develop cracks.
To fix it, like those who came before us, we turned to glue.