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Experimental investigation of enhancement of carbon dioxide foam stability, pore plugging, and oil recovery in the presence of silica nanoparticles

Risal, Abdul Rahim and A. Manan, Muhammad and Yekeen, Nurudeen and Azli, Nur Bashirah and Samin, Ali Mohamed and Tan, Xin Kun (2019) Experimental investigation of enhancement of carbon dioxide foam stability, pore plugging, and oil recovery in the presence of silica nanoparticles. Petroleum Science, 16 (2). pp. 344-356. ISSN 1672-5107

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12182-018-0280-8

Abstract

The influence of surface-modified silica (SiO 2 ) nanoparticles on the stability and pore plugging properties of foams in porous media was investigated in this study. The pore plugging ability of foams was estimated from the pressure drop induced during foam propagation in porous media. The results clearly showed that the modified SiO 2 nanoparticle-stabilized foam exhibited high stability, and the differential pressure increased in porous media by as much as three times. The addition of SiO 2 nanoparticles to the foaming dispersions further mitigated the adverse effect of oil toward the foam pore plugging ability. Consequently, the oil recovery increased in the presence of nanoparticles by approximately 15% during the enhanced oil recovery experiment. The study suggested that the addition of surface-modified silica nanoparticles to the surfactant solution could considerably improve the conventional foam stability and pore plugging performance in porous media.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:enhanced oil recovery, foam, pore plugging
Subjects:T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions:Chemical and Energy Engineering
ID Code:87928
Deposited By: Yanti Mohd Shah
Deposited On:30 Nov 2020 21:37
Last Modified:30 Nov 2020 21:37

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