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Synergistic application of aluminium oxide nanoparticles and oilfield polyacrylamide for enhanced oil recovery

Gbadamosi, Afeez O. and Junin, Radzuan and Manan, Muhammad A. and Agi, Augustine and Oseh, Jeffrey O. and Usman, Jamilu (2019) Synergistic application of aluminium oxide nanoparticles and oilfield polyacrylamide for enhanced oil recovery. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 182 . p. 106345. ISSN 0920-4105

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2019.106345


Due to the inherent limitation of oilfield polyacrylamide in reservoir temperature and salinity, nanoparticles (NPs) have been extensively studied for their application in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) because of their unique properties and availability in large quantities. Recent trend in nanotechnology involves incorporating NPs as additive with polymer to form novel materials termed polymeric nanofluids (PNF's) for EOR. However, previous studies have investigated and focussed more on the suitability of silica (SiO2) polymeric nanofluids. In this work, the potential application of metal oxide polymeric nanofluid for EOR was explored and evaluated. Aqueous HPAM-based Al2O3 PNF's were formulated and characterised using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The performance of aluminium oxide (Al2O3) NP on the rheological properties of HPAM in the presence of different electrolyte concentrations representative of field brine and typical reservoir temperatures were investigated. Wettability alteration study of Al2O3 PNF was carried out using DataPhysics optical contact angle (OCA) instrument. Results obtained for Al2O3 PNF were compared to the widely reported SiO2 PNF and base polymer without nanomaterial. Experimental results show that the rheological properties improved while degradation of HPAM macromolecule was inhibited due to the addition of NPs. At 2,000 ppm HPAM solution (25 mol. % degree of hydrolysis), 0.1 wt% NP concentration was found to be the optimal choice for Al2O3 NP which gives rise to the highest viscosity on the rheological characterization. Al2O3 PNF exhibited better steady shear viscosity performance under the different electrolyte concentrations and temperatures studied. Al2O3 PNF altered the wettability of the porous media from oil-wet to water-wetting condition. Finally, oil displacement test in sandstone cores at typical reservoir temperature and salinity showed that Al2O3 PNF had 11.3% incremental oil recovery over conventional HPAM. This study is beneficial for extending the frontier of knowledge in nanotechnology application for EOR.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Aluminium oxide, Nanoparticles
Subjects:T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions:Chemical and Energy Engineering
ID Code:87692
Deposited By: Widya Wahid
Deposited On:30 Nov 2020 21:08
Last Modified:30 Nov 2020 21:08

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