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Author Keliu, Wu ♦ Xiankang, Xin ♦ Zhangxin, Chen ♦ Gaoming, Yu ♦ Ruicheng, Ma
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Content type Text
Publisher EDP Sciences
File Format PDF
Date Created 2018-08-13
Copyright Year ©2018
Language English ♦ French
Subject Domain (in LCC) TA1-2040
Subject Keyword Engineering (General) ♦ Technology ♦ Civil engineering (General)
Abstract In this paper, physical and numerical simulations were applied to investigate the polymer degradation performance and its effect on polymer enhanced oil recovery (EOR) efficiency in homogeneous reservoirs. Physical experiments were conducted to determine basic physicochemical properties of the polymer, including viscosity, rheology, and degradation. A new mathematical model was proposed, and an in-house simulator was designed to further explore polymer degradation. The results of the physical experiments illustrated that polymer could increase polymer solution viscosity significantly, and the relationship between polymer solution viscosity and polymer concentration exhibited a clear power law relationship. However, the viscosity of a polymer solution with the same polymer concentration decreased with an increase in the shear rate, showing shear thinning performance. Moreover, the viscosity decreased with an increase in time, which was caused by polymer degradation. The validation of the designed simulator was improved when compared to the simulation results using ECLIPSE V2013.1 software. The difference between 0 and 0.1 day-1 in the polymer degradation rate showed a decrease of 6% in oil recovery after 2,000 days, according to simulation results, which demonstrated that polymer degradation had an adverse effect on polymer flooding efficiency.
ISSN 2261236X
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2018-01-01
e-ISSN 2261236X
Journal MATEC Web of Conferences
Volume Number 187
Starting Page 01006


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