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dc.contributor.authorOmran, Mohamed Ahmed Fathy Abdelshafy
dc.contributor.authorAkarri, Salem Saeed Fadhl
dc.contributor.authorTorsæter, Ole
dc.identifier.citationProcesses. 2020, 8 (991), 1-14.en_US
dc.description.abstractPolymer-coated silica nanoparticles (PSiNPs) have been experimentally investigated in core- and micro-scale studies for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). Wettability and flow rate have a considerable effect on oil displacement in porous media. This work investigates the efficiency of PSiNPs for oil recovery on micro-scale at three wettability states (water-wet, intermediate-wet, and oil-wet). In addition, a cluster mobilization regime is considered in all experiments. A microfluidic approach was utilized to perform flooding experiments with constant experimental settings such as flowrate, pore-structure, initial oil topology, porosity, and permeability. In this study, the wettability of the microfluidic chips was altered to have three states of wettability. Firstly, a micro-scale study (brine-oil-glass system) of each wettability condition effect on flow behavior was conducted via monitoring dynamic changes in the oleic phase. Secondly, the obtained results were used as a basis to understand the changes induced by the PSiNPs while flooding at the same conditions. The experimental data were extracted by means of image processing and analysis at a high spatial and temporal resolution. Low injection rate experiments (corresponding to ~1.26 m/day in reservoir) in a brine-oil-glass system showed that the waterflood invaded with a more stable front with a slower displacement velocity in the water-wet state compared to the other states, which had water channeling through the big pores. As a result, a faster stop of the dynamic changes for the intermediate- and oil-wet state was observed, leading to lower oil recoveries compared to the water-wet state. In a cluster mobilization regime, dynamic changes were noticeable only for the oil-wet condition. For the aforementioned different conditions, PSiNPs improved oil displacement efficiency. The usage of PSiNPs showed a better clusterization efficiency, leading to a higher mobilization, smaller remaining oil clusters, and lower connectivity of the residual oil. The knowledge from this experimental work adds to the understanding of the behavior of polymer-coated silica nanoparticles as a recovery agent at different wettability states and a cluster mobilization regime.en_US
dc.rightsNavngivelse 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.subjectØkt oljeutvinningen_US
dc.subjectEnhanced Oil Recoveryen_US
dc.subjectReservoir Engineeringen_US
dc.subjectPorøse medieren_US
dc.subjectPorous mediaen_US
dc.titleThe effect of wettability and flow rate on oil displacement using polymer-coated silica nanoparticles: A microfluidic studyen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.subject.nsiVDP::Petroleumsteknologi: 512en_US
dc.subject.nsiVDP::Petroleum engineering: 512en_US
dc.relation.projectNorges forskningsråd: 262644en_US
dc.description.localcode© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open accessarticle distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution(CC BY) license (

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