The Effect of Nanoparticles Crystallite Size on the Recovery Efficiency in Dielectric Nanofluid Flooding

Mohd Zaid, Hasnah and Yahya, Noorhana and Ahmad Latif, Noor Rasyada (2013) The Effect of Nanoparticles Crystallite Size on the Recovery Efficiency in Dielectric Nanofluid Flooding. [Citation Index Journal]

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Application of nanotechnology in enhanced oil recovery(EOR) has been increasing in recent years. After secondary flooding, more than 60% of the original oil in place (OOIP)remains in the reservoir due to trapping of oil in the reservoir rock pores. One of the promising EOR methods is surfactant flooding, where substantial reduction in interfacial tension between oil and water could sufficiently displace oil from the reservoir. In this research, instability at the interfaces is created by dispersing 0.05 wt% ZnO nanoparticles in aqueous sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) solution during the core flooding experiment. The difference in the amount of particles adsorbed at the interface creates variation in the localized interfacial tension, thus induces fluid motion to
reduce the stress. Four samples of different average crystallite size were used to study the effect of
particle size on the spontaneous emulsification process which would in turn determine the recovery efficiency. From the study, ZnO nanofluid which consists of larger particles size gives 145% increase in the oil recovery as compared with the smaller ZnO nanoparticles. In contrast, 63% more
oil was recovered by injecting Al2O3 nanofluid of smaller particles size as compared to the larger one. Formation of a cloudy solution was observed during the test which indicates the occurrence of an emulsification process. It can be concluded that ultralow Interfacial tension (IFT) value is not necessary to create spontaneous emulsification in dielectric nanofluid flooding.

Item Type: Citation Index Journal
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Departments / MOR / COE: Centre of Excellence > Centre of Excellence in Enhanced Oil Recovery
Departments > Fundamental & Applied Sciences
Research Institutes > Energy
Research Institutes > Institute for Hydrocarbon Recovery
Depositing User: Dr Hasnah Mohd Zaid
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2013 05:24
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2017 01:59

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