Enhanced Oil Recovery Using Micron-Size Polyacrylamide Elastic Microspheres (MPEMs): Underlying Mechanisms and Displacement Experiments

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Title:
Enhanced Oil Recovery Using Micron-Size Polyacrylamide Elastic Microspheres (MPEMs): Underlying Mechanisms and Displacement Experiments
Authors:
Yao, Chuanjin; Lei, Guanglun; Hou, Jian; Xu, Xiaohong; Wang, Dan; Steenhuis, Tammo S.
Abstract:
Micron-size polyacrylamide elastic microsphere (MPEM) is a newly developed profile control and oil displacement agent for enhanced oil recovery in heterogeneous reservoirs. In this study, laboratory experiments were performed to characterize the viscoelastic properties of MPEMs in brine water. A transparent sandpack micromodel was used to observe the microscopic flow and displacement mechanisms, and parallel-sandpack models were used to investigate the profile control and oil displacement performance using MPEMs in heterogeneous reservoirs. The results indicate that MPEMs almost do not increase the viscosity of injection water and can be conveniently injected using the original water injection pipelines. The microscopic profile control and oil displacement mechanisms of MPEMs in porous media mainly behave as selective-plugging in large pores, fluid diversion after MPEMs plugging, oil drainage caused by MPEMs breakthrough, and the mechanism of oil droplets converging into oil flow. MPEMs have a high plugging strength, which can tolerate a long-term water flushing. MPEMs can selectively enter and plug the large pores and pore-throats in high permeability sandpack, but almost do not damage the low permeability sandpack. MPEMs can effectively divert the water flow from the high permeability sandpack to the low permeability sandpack and improve the sweep efficiency of low permeability sandpack and low permeability area in the high permeability sandpack. The results also confirm the dynamic process of profile control and oil displacement using MPEMs in heterogeneous reservoirs.
Citation:
Enhanced Oil Recovery Using Micron-Size Polyacrylamide Elastic Microspheres (MPEMs): Underlying Mechanisms and Displacement Experiments 2015:151012011402008 Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Publisher:
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Journal:
Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue Date:
12-Oct-2015
DOI:
10.1021/acs.iecr.5b02717
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0888-5885; 1520-5045
Sponsors:
The authors greatly appreciate the financial support from the Project Funded by China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (Grant No. 2015M570622), the Project Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51574269), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No. 15CX08004A), and the Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University (IRT1294).
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dc.contributor.authorYao, Chuanjinen
dc.contributor.authorLei, Guanglunen
dc.contributor.authorHou, Jianen
dc.contributor.authorXu, Xiaohongen
dc.contributor.authorWang, Danen
dc.contributor.authorSteenhuis, Tammo S.en
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-21T08:41:29Zen
dc.date.available2015-12-21T08:41:29Zen
dc.date.issued2015-10-12en
dc.identifier.citationEnhanced Oil Recovery Using Micron-Size Polyacrylamide Elastic Microspheres (MPEMs): Underlying Mechanisms and Displacement Experiments 2015:151012011402008 Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Researchen
dc.identifier.issn0888-5885en
dc.identifier.issn1520-5045en
dc.identifier.doi10.1021/acs.iecr.5b02717en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/584224en
dc.description.abstractMicron-size polyacrylamide elastic microsphere (MPEM) is a newly developed profile control and oil displacement agent for enhanced oil recovery in heterogeneous reservoirs. In this study, laboratory experiments were performed to characterize the viscoelastic properties of MPEMs in brine water. A transparent sandpack micromodel was used to observe the microscopic flow and displacement mechanisms, and parallel-sandpack models were used to investigate the profile control and oil displacement performance using MPEMs in heterogeneous reservoirs. The results indicate that MPEMs almost do not increase the viscosity of injection water and can be conveniently injected using the original water injection pipelines. The microscopic profile control and oil displacement mechanisms of MPEMs in porous media mainly behave as selective-plugging in large pores, fluid diversion after MPEMs plugging, oil drainage caused by MPEMs breakthrough, and the mechanism of oil droplets converging into oil flow. MPEMs have a high plugging strength, which can tolerate a long-term water flushing. MPEMs can selectively enter and plug the large pores and pore-throats in high permeability sandpack, but almost do not damage the low permeability sandpack. MPEMs can effectively divert the water flow from the high permeability sandpack to the low permeability sandpack and improve the sweep efficiency of low permeability sandpack and low permeability area in the high permeability sandpack. The results also confirm the dynamic process of profile control and oil displacement using MPEMs in heterogeneous reservoirs.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors greatly appreciate the financial support from the Project Funded by China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (Grant No. 2015M570622), the Project Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51574269), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No. 15CX08004A), and the Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University (IRT1294).en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherAmerican Chemical Society (ACS)en
dc.relation.urlhttp://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.iecr.5b02717en
dc.titleEnhanced Oil Recovery Using Micron-Size Polyacrylamide Elastic Microspheres (MPEMs): Underlying Mechanisms and Displacement Experimentsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIndustrial & Engineering Chemistry Researchen
dc.contributor.institutionCollege of Petroleum Engineering and College of Pipeline and Civil Engineering, China University of Petroleum, Qingdao, Shandong 266580, Chinaen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, United Statesen
dc.contributor.affiliationKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)en
kaust.authorYao, Chuanjinen
kaust.grant.fundedcenterKAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainabilityen
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