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Chemical-Assisted Recovery of Heavy Oil

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2017
Summary:
More than 1 trillion barrels of oil deposited worldwide is heavy oil and natural bitumen. Due to their high viscosity and high density, extraction efficiency of heavy oil and bitumen from natural reservoirs is known to be less than 5% with the conventional primary recovery methods. To increase their recovery efficiency, a technique, known as enhanced oil recovery, has been developed using nanoparticles, surfactant, dispersant, and polymers. Among these materials, surfactants and dispersants lower interfacial tension between oil and the resident fluid; therefore enhance mobilization of oil. The objective of this project is to further improve the recovery efficiency of heavy oil by a combined effect of surfactant and dispersant. When the mixture of surfactant and dispersant in an aqueous solution is injected to oil-rich porous media, microfluidic visualization techniques will be employed to investigate the overall recovery rate. The possibility and effectiveness of the proposed idea will be discussed.
Title: Chemical-Assisted Recovery of Heavy Oil.
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Name(s): Linares, Natalia
Seo, Seokju
Kim, Mike
Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Poster
Date Created: 2017
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Florida
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 1 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: More than 1 trillion barrels of oil deposited worldwide is heavy oil and natural bitumen. Due to their high viscosity and high density, extraction efficiency of heavy oil and bitumen from natural reservoirs is known to be less than 5% with the conventional primary recovery methods. To increase their recovery efficiency, a technique, known as enhanced oil recovery, has been developed using nanoparticles, surfactant, dispersant, and polymers. Among these materials, surfactants and dispersants lower interfacial tension between oil and the resident fluid; therefore enhance mobilization of oil. The objective of this project is to further improve the recovery efficiency of heavy oil by a combined effect of surfactant and dispersant. When the mixture of surfactant and dispersant in an aqueous solution is injected to oil-rich porous media, microfluidic visualization techniques will be employed to investigate the overall recovery rate. The possibility and effectiveness of the proposed idea will be discussed.
Identifier: FA00005626 (IID)
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