Improvement of polymer flooding using in-situ releasing of smart nano-scale coated polymer particles in porous media

Ashrafizadeh, M ; Sharif University of Technology | 2012

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1260/0144-5987.30.6.915
  3. Publisher: 2012
  4. Abstract:
  5. The main purpose of this paper is modeling and simulation of in-situ releasing of smart nano-sized core-shell particles at the water-oil interface during polymer flooding. During the polymer flooding process, when these nano-particles reach the water-oil interface, migrate to the oil phase and the hydrophobic layer of them dissolves in this phase. After dissolution of this protective nano-sized layer, the hydrophilic core containing a water-soluble ultra high molecular weight polymer diffuses back into the water phase and with dissolving in this phase, dramatically increases viscosity of flooding water in the neighborhood of the water-oil interface. In this study, two different time-dependent dissolution models are implemented. A swellable-chain disentanglement model with concentration-dependent diffusion coefficient is considered for dissolution of the core polymer into the aqueous phase, whereas, surface chain disentanglement with constant diffusion coefficient is considered for dissolution of the shell polymer in the oil phase. Using finite difference scheme, the governing equations are numerically solved by defining some dimensionless parameters for the main parameters as well as the moving boundaries. In addition, some experimental flooding tests in micromodel were carried out to experimentally investigate the recovery factor of using these particles compared to those of the conventional polymer flooding
  6. Keywords:
  7. Modeling ; Smart nano-sized polymer ; Aqueous phase ; Chain disentanglement ; Coated polymers ; Concentration-dependent diffusion ; Conventional polymers ; Core-shell particle ; Dimensionless parameters ; Dissolution model ; Finite difference scheme ; Flooding tests ; Governing equations ; Hydrophilic cores ; Hydrophobic layers ; in-situ release ; Main parameters ; Micromodel tests ; Modeling and simulation ; Moving boundaries ; Nano scale ; Oil phase ; Polymer flooding ; Recovery factors ; Simulation ; Time-dependent ; Ultra-high molecular weight ; Water oil interface ; Water phase ; Computer simulation ; Diffusion ; Dissolution ; Floods ; Models ; Porous materials ; Sensitivity analysis ; Polymers
  8. Source: Energy Exploration and Exploitation ; Volume 30, Issue 6 , 2012 , Pages 915-940 ; 01445987 (ISSN)
  9. URL: http://multi-science.atypon.com/doi/10.1260/0144-5987.30.6.915