Improvement in the performance of unconventional thermal EOR methods by application of nano particles for enhancement of water thermal properties

A. Manhouli, P. Pourafshary

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Abstract

Common thermal EOR methods face diverse challenges such as low efficiency in thin reservoirs, high energy loss and environmental issues. Recently it has been found that Electromagnetic Heating method can solve most of these problems. While EM-Heating has many advantages like low startup time, outstanding decrease in oil viscosity, and negligible environmental effects, it encounters serious restrictions such as low penetration and high energy consumption. Overcoming these limitations will improve effectiveness of EM-Heating. Several research groups have reported that nanoparticles enhance the thermal characteristics of the fluids. The objective of this work is to use nanoparticles in order to change thermal properties of water and therefore improve the thermal EOR methods efficiencies. In this work nano fluids were prepared by MgO, Al2O3, Fe3O4 and SiO2 nanoparticles. These samples were heated using electromagnetic waves and trends of their temperature were recorded. Finally their thermal properties were compared to reference case which was de-ionized water. Also the effect of nanoparticles concentration was studied. Nanoparticles were found to have a remarkable effect on microwave absorption and thermal conductivity of water. The type, concentration, stability, and size distribution of nanoparticles in the fluid had the most influences on thermal properties enhancement. Al2O3 nanofluid found to have superior features. Also an optimum interval was defined for concentration of this nanoparticle. The result and observations are expected to be useful in further studies and efficiency improvement of EM-Heating and the other thermal EOR methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - SPE International Heavy Oil Conference and Exhibition 2014
Subtitle of host publicationHeavy Oil Innovations Beyond Limitations
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers
Pages299-306
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781634399937
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventSPE International Heavy Oil Conference and Exhibition 2014: Heavy Oil Innovations Beyond Limitations - Mangaf, Kuwait
Duration: Dec 8 2014Dec 10 2014

Conference

ConferenceSPE International Heavy Oil Conference and Exhibition 2014: Heavy Oil Innovations Beyond Limitations
CountryKuwait
CityMangaf
Period12/8/1412/10/14

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thermal conductivity
environmental issue
environmental effect
Electromagnetic waves
water
Environmental impact
Thermal conductivity
Energy dissipation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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Manhouli, A., & Pourafshary, P. (2014). Improvement in the performance of unconventional thermal EOR methods by application of nano particles for enhancement of water thermal properties. In Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE International Heavy Oil Conference and Exhibition 2014: Heavy Oil Innovations Beyond Limitations (pp. 299-306). Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Improvement in the performance of unconventional thermal EOR methods by application of nano particles for enhancement of water thermal properties. / Manhouli, A.; Pourafshary, P.

Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE International Heavy Oil Conference and Exhibition 2014: Heavy Oil Innovations Beyond Limitations. Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2014. p. 299-306.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Manhouli, A & Pourafshary, P 2014, Improvement in the performance of unconventional thermal EOR methods by application of nano particles for enhancement of water thermal properties. in Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE International Heavy Oil Conference and Exhibition 2014: Heavy Oil Innovations Beyond Limitations. Society of Petroleum Engineers, pp. 299-306, SPE International Heavy Oil Conference and Exhibition 2014: Heavy Oil Innovations Beyond Limitations, Mangaf, Kuwait, 12/8/14.
Manhouli A, Pourafshary P. Improvement in the performance of unconventional thermal EOR methods by application of nano particles for enhancement of water thermal properties. In Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE International Heavy Oil Conference and Exhibition 2014: Heavy Oil Innovations Beyond Limitations. Society of Petroleum Engineers. 2014. p. 299-306
Manhouli, A. ; Pourafshary, P. / Improvement in the performance of unconventional thermal EOR methods by application of nano particles for enhancement of water thermal properties. Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE International Heavy Oil Conference and Exhibition 2014: Heavy Oil Innovations Beyond Limitations. Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2014. pp. 299-306
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