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Improved oil recovery by application of ultrasonic stimulated waterflooding

Mohammadain, Erfan and Shirazi, Mohammad Amin and Parak, Mahdi and Idris, Ahmad Kamal and Junin, Radzuan (2011) Improved oil recovery by application of ultrasonic stimulated waterflooding. Jurnal Teknologi (Sciences and Engineering), 56 (1). pp. 123-138. ISSN 0127-9696 (Print); 2180-3722 (Online)

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.11113/jt.v56.905


Application of ultrasonic waves as an unconventional enhanced oil recovery method has been a point of interest for some decades. However, despite number of researches on ultrasonic applications, the influencing mechanisms are not fully comprehended. The aim of this study is to experimentally investigate the effects of ultrasonic waves on recovery of waterflooding and to discuss the mechanisms involved. Series of straight (normal) and ultrasonic stimulated waterflooding experiments were conducted on a long unconsolidated sand pack using ultrasonic transducers. Kerosene, vaseline and engine oil were used as non wet phase in the system. Moreover, a series of supplementary experiments were conducted using ultrasonic bath in order to enhance the understanding about contributing mechanisms. 2–16% increase in the recovery of waterflooding was observed. Emulsification, viscosity reduction and cavitation were identified as contributing mechanisms.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:ultrasonic waves, enhanced oil recovery, waterflooding, emulsification
Subjects:T Technology > TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy
Divisions:Petroleum and Renewable Energy Engineering
ID Code:44975
Deposited By: Haliza Zainal
Deposited On:27 Apr 2015 04:49
Last Modified:01 Nov 2017 04:17

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