Remedial effects of metal oxide nanoparticles to treat suspension transport in saturated porous media

D. Arab, P. Pourafshary, S. Ayatollahi, A. Habibi

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Abstract

Hydrocarbon production decline as a result of formation damage caused by fines migration has been widely observed in laboratory corefloods and natural flows in porous media. Permeability impairment due to fines migration is explained by different capture mechanisms of already released particles at some pore sites. Preventing detachment of in-situ particles from the rock surface during enhanced oil recovery (EOR) agent injection into the porous media has been reported recently. In this experimental study, the effect of five types of metal oxide nanoparticles; γ-AI2O3, ZnO, CuO, MgO and SiO: to adsorb the fine particles existing in the flowing suspension has been investigated. In each test, the prepared nanofluid was utilized to saturate the synthetic porous media. During core flooding tests in which suspension was injected into the treated porous media, effluent samples at different pore volumes were obtained and their fine concentrations were measured by Turbidimeter apparatus. In this study, we present quantification methods of zeta potential analysis and dynamic light scattering (DLS) in order to compare the remedial effect of different nanoparticles. It was found that the presence of nanoparticles on the rock surface changes the surface charge of the porous media and results in zeta potential alteration of the rock surface. Therefore, treated porous media tend to collect the fine particles from the flowing suspension and according to the turbidity analysis, there is a critically reduction of fine concentration in the effluent samples compared with the non-treated media. It was found that treating with γ-AI2O 3 and ZnO nanoparticles are the best scenarios among the tests performed in this study. Scanning electron microscopic (SEM) images qualitatively proved the attachment of fines to the rock surface treated by nanoparticles. These findings were confirmed by DLVO theory to calculate total energy of interactions existing between a particle and the rock surface.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - SPE European Formation Damage Conference and Exhibition 2013
Subtitle of host publicationUnconventional and Conventional Solutions to Challenging Reservoirs
Pages478-488
Number of pages11
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 7 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventSPE European Formation Damage Conference and Exhibition 2013: Unconventional and Conventional Solutions to Challenging Reservoirs - Noordwijk, Netherlands
Duration: Jun 5 2013Jun 7 2013

Conference

ConferenceSPE European Formation Damage Conference and Exhibition 2013: Unconventional and Conventional Solutions to Challenging Reservoirs
CountryNetherlands
CityNoordwijk
Period6/5/136/7/13

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Porous materials
porous medium
Nanoparticles
Rocks
Oxides
Metals
Zeta potential
rock
Effluents
Turbidimeters
effluent
Dynamic light scattering
Turbidity
Surface charge
enhanced oil recovery
light scattering
effect
nanoparticle
metal oxide
Hydrocarbons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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Arab, D., Pourafshary, P., Ayatollahi, S., & Habibi, A. (2013). Remedial effects of metal oxide nanoparticles to treat suspension transport in saturated porous media. In Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE European Formation Damage Conference and Exhibition 2013: Unconventional and Conventional Solutions to Challenging Reservoirs (Vol. 1, pp. 478-488)

Remedial effects of metal oxide nanoparticles to treat suspension transport in saturated porous media. / Arab, D.; Pourafshary, P.; Ayatollahi, S.; Habibi, A.

Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE European Formation Damage Conference and Exhibition 2013: Unconventional and Conventional Solutions to Challenging Reservoirs. Vol. 1 2013. p. 478-488.

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

Arab, D, Pourafshary, P, Ayatollahi, S & Habibi, A 2013, Remedial effects of metal oxide nanoparticles to treat suspension transport in saturated porous media. in Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE European Formation Damage Conference and Exhibition 2013: Unconventional and Conventional Solutions to Challenging Reservoirs. vol. 1, pp. 478-488, SPE European Formation Damage Conference and Exhibition 2013: Unconventional and Conventional Solutions to Challenging Reservoirs, Noordwijk, Netherlands, 6/5/13.
Arab D, Pourafshary P, Ayatollahi S, Habibi A. Remedial effects of metal oxide nanoparticles to treat suspension transport in saturated porous media. In Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE European Formation Damage Conference and Exhibition 2013: Unconventional and Conventional Solutions to Challenging Reservoirs. Vol. 1. 2013. p. 478-488
Arab, D. ; Pourafshary, P. ; Ayatollahi, S. ; Habibi, A. / Remedial effects of metal oxide nanoparticles to treat suspension transport in saturated porous media. Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE European Formation Damage Conference and Exhibition 2013: Unconventional and Conventional Solutions to Challenging Reservoirs. Vol. 1 2013. pp. 478-488
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