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New insights into the interactions between asphaltene and a low surface energy anionic surfactant under low and high brine salinity

Sajad Kiani, Daniel Jones, Shirin Alexander Orcid Logo, Andrew Barron Orcid Logo, Daniel Raymond Jones Orcid Logo

Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Volume: 571, Pages: 307 - 317

Swansea University Authors: Daniel Jones, Shirin Alexander Orcid Logo, Andrew Barron Orcid Logo, Daniel Raymond Jones Orcid Logo

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Abstract

Hypothesis: The hyperbranched chains on the tail of low surface energy surfactants (LSES) causes lowering of surface free energy and rock wettability alteration, offering significant improvement in oil recovery in asphaltene oil reservoirs.Experiments: Oil sweep efficiency was determined by fluid di...

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Published in: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
ISSN: 0021-9797
Published: Elsevier BV 2020
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa53811
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Abstract: Hypothesis: The hyperbranched chains on the tail of low surface energy surfactants (LSES) causes lowering of surface free energy and rock wettability alteration, offering significant improvement in oil recovery in asphaltene oil reservoirs.Experiments: Oil sweep efficiency was determined by fluid displacement in pure brine and LSES-brine solutions in a microfluidic pattern that was representative of a sandstone cross-section. Interfacial tension (IFT), wettability alteration, and Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to measure the changes of asphaltene interactions with oil-aged substrate after surface treating with brine and surfactant-brine solutions.Findings: The hyperbranched LSES yielded a significant increase in the original-oil-in-place (OOIP) recovery (58%) relative to brine flooding (25%), even in the presence of asphaltene. Raman spectra showed the LSES-brine solutions to be capable of causing change to the asphaltene aggregate size after centrifugation treatment.
Keywords: hyper branched surfactants; wettability alteration; asphaltene; enhanced oil recovery
Start Page: 307
End Page: 317