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1. (WO2018009791) CROSS-LINKED LEVAN BLENDS AS LOST CIRCULATION MATERIALS
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Claims

1. A composition comprising a crosslinked and/or non-crosslinked polymer and calcium carbonate or a clay mineral.

2. The composition of claim 1, wherein the polymer comprises a polysaccharide, levan, dextran, guar gum, scleroglucan, welan, xanthan gum, starch, pullulan, schizophyllan, cellulose and/or combinations thereof.

3. The composition of claim 1, wherein the polymer contains a cross link containing from 1 to 10 carbons.

4. The composition of claim 1, wherein the polymer contains chemical substitutions along 1-100 percent of the polymer backbone.

5. The composition of claim 1, which is a powder or an aqueous mixture.

6. The composition of claim 1, further comprising cellulosic fibers, crump rubber particles, graphite, thermosets, thermoplastics, blending agents, sodium carbonate, bentonite, caustic soda, gypsum, barite, defoamers, flocculants and combinations thereof.

7. The composition of claim 1, further comprising a drilling fluid.

8. A method of reducing loss of a circulating drilling fluid in association with a drilling operation comprising:

adding a crosslinked and/or non-crosslinked polymer and calcium carbonate to the circulating drilling fluid to form a mixture; and

performing the drilling operation with the mixture as the drilling fluid.

9. The method of claim 8, wherein the polymer comprises a polysaccharide, levan, dextran, guar gum, scleroglucan, welan, xanthan gum, starch, pullulan, schizophyllan, cellulose and/or combinations thereof.

10. The method of claim 8, wherein the polymer contains a cross link containing from 1 to 10 carbons.

11. The method of claim 8, wherein the polymer contains chemical substitutions along 1-100 percent of the polymer backbone.

12. The method of claim 8, wherein the mixture reduces loss of drilling fluid to voids, pores, vugs and/or fractures during the drilling operation.

13. The method of claim 8, further comprising determining porosity of a drilling substrate.

14. The method of claim 13, wherein porosity of the drilling substrate is determined by a fluid injection test.

15. A method for manufacture of a LCM composition comprising:

providing a polysaccharide;

treating the polysaccharide with a cross linker to form cross linked polysaccharide; and adding calcium carbonate to the cross-linked polysaccharide to form the LCM composition.

16. The method of claim 16, wherein the polysaccharide is levan, dextran, guar gum, scleroglucan, welan, xanthan gum, starch, pullulan, schizophyllan, cellulose and/or combinations thereof.

17. The method of claim 15, wherein the cross linker is epichlorohydrin.

18. The method of claim 15, further comprising adding one or more of oil, a blending agent, sodium carbonate, bentonite, caustic soda, gypsum, barite, a defoamer, a flocculant, and/or combinations thereof to the LCM composition.

19. The method of claim 18, wherein the blending agent modifies a performance characteristic of the LCM composition.

20. The method of claim 18, wherein the performance characteristic is one or more of rigidity, swelling, lubrication, and/or handling properties.