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    Permeability impairment study due to asphaltene deposition: experimental and modeling approach

    , Article Transport in Porous Media ; Volume 91, Issue 3 , February , 2012 , Pages 999-1012 ; 01693913 (ISSN) Bolouri, S. H ; Ghoodjani, E ; Sharif University of Technology
    2012
    Abstract
    This fact is well known that during any scenario of production, asphaltene deposition in porous media has a substantial effect on oil flow. But a clear understanding of asphaltene deposition mechanisms can help to minimize asphaltenic problem in oil-bearing formations. In this study, the experimental results of three dynamic CO 2 miscible injection tests were investigated. Regarding the effects of adsorption, mechanical entrapment, and sweeping mechanisms on permeability behavior, a mathematical mass and permeability variation model were developed. According to the experimental results asphaltene deposition causes a 70% loss of sand stone initial permeability while the loss is significantly... 

    Optimal conditions for immiscible recycle gas injection process: A simulation study for one of the Iranian oil reservoirs

    , Article Scientia Iranica ; Volume 18, Issue 6 , 2011 , Pages 1407-1414 ; 10263098 (ISSN) Mohammadi, S ; Kharrat, R ; Khalili, M ; Mehranfar, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    2011
    Abstract
    Immiscible gas injection is one of the most common enhanced oil recovery methods used under various reservoir conditions. In this work, the immiscible recycle gas injection, as an EOR scenario for improving recovery efficiency in one of the south-west Iranian oil reservoirs, is simulated by a commercial simulator, ECLIPSE. The reservoir fluid is light oil, with an API of 43. The oil bearing formations are carbonate, and so a dual porosity/dual permeability behavior was chosen for better representation of the fracture system. Different sensitivity analyses with respect to several parameters like the number and location of injection/production wells, production/injection rate, completion... 

    Activating solution gas drive as an extra oil production mechanism after carbonated water injection

    , Article Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering ; Volume 28, Issue 11 , 2020 , Pages 2938-2945 Shakiba, M ; Ayatollahi, S ; Riazi, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    Materials China  2020
    Abstract
    Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods are mostly based on different phenomena taking place at the interfaces between fluid–fluid and rock–fluid phases. Over the last decade, carbonated water injection (CWI) has been considered as one of the multi-objective EOR techniques to store CO2 in the hydrocarbon bearing formations as well as improving oil recovery efficiency. During CWI process, as the reservoir pressure declines, the dissolved CO2 in the oil phase evolves and gas nucleation phenomenon would occur. As a result, it can lead to oil saturation restoration and subsequently, oil displacement due to the hysteresis effect. At this condition, CO2 would act as in-situ dissolved gas into the oil... 

    Atomistic insight into the behavior of ions at an oil-bearing hydrated calcite surface: implication to ion-engineered waterflooding

    , Article Energy and Fuels ; Volume 35, Issue 16 , 2021 , Pages 13039-13054 ; 08870624 (ISSN) Badizad, M. H ; Koleini, M. M ; Greenwell, H. C ; Ayatollahi, S ; Ghazanfari, M. H ; Sharif University of Technology
    American Chemical Society  2021
    Abstract
    This research provides an atomistic picture of the role of ions in modulating the microstructural features of an oil-contaminated calcite surface. This is of crucial importance for the rational design of ion-engineered waterflooding, a promising technique for enhancing oil recovery from carbonate reservoirs. Inspired by a conventional lab-scale procedure, an integrated series of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were carried out to resolve the relative contribution of the major ionic constituent of natural brines (i.e., Na+, Cl-, Mg2+, Ca2+, and SO42-) when soaking an oil-bearing calcite surface in different electrolyte solutions of same salinity, namely, CaCl2, MgCl2, Na2SO4, MgSO4, and...