Reservoir pressure and solution gas can significantly alter the microemulsion phase behavior and the design of a surfactant-polymer flood. This paper shows how to predict changes in optimum salinity and solubilization ratio from dead oil at atmospheric pressure to live crude at reservoir pressure. Our method requires obtaining only a few glass pipette measurements of microemulsion phase behavior at atmospheric pressure and reservoir temperature. The key finding is that at reservoir pressure the optimum solubilization ratio and the logarithm of optimal salinity behave linearly with equivalent alkane carbon number (EACN). These trends are predicted from the experimental data at atmospheric pressure based on density calculations of pure components using the Peng-Robinson equation-of-state (PREOS). We show that predictions of the optimum conditions for live oils are in good agreement with the few experimental measurements that are available in the literature. We also present new measurements at atmospheric pressure to verify the established trends.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemical Engineering(all)
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry