Extra–Heavy Oil Recovery by Single–Phase Microemulsion Flooding

dc.contributor.committeeMemberKostarelos, Konstantinos
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHatzignatiou, Dimitrios G.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSaldana, Miguel A.
dc.creatorXiong, Xiaonan
dc.creator.orcid0000-0002-3223-4739
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-18T02:56:09Z
dc.date.available2019-09-18T02:56:09Z
dc.date.createdAugust 2017
dc.date.issued2017-08
dc.date.submittedAugust 2017
dc.date.updated2019-09-18T02:56:09Z
dc.description.abstractHeavy oil and tar deposits are found in abundance in numerous locations around the world. Current thermal methods are controversial due to their potentially adverse effects on the environment. An alternative method of extra–heavy oil recovery is proposed that applies a novel method of single phase microemulsion to achieve extremely high oil solubilization. Phase behavior experiments (surfactant screening, salinity scans, and aqueous stability) were conducted focusing on single phase microemulsions. Tar sands from Canada were used for phase behavior studies and surfactant floods. Surfactant screening experiments showed that a blend of sulfate and sulfonate with alkali has the potential to achieve high oil solubilization. Although some extra heavy oil was recovered in the surfactant flood experiments, single–phase microemulsion failed to achieve the degree of solubilization that was measured in the phase behavior studies and several potential causes were examined.
dc.description.departmentPetroleum Engineering, Department of
dc.format.digitalOriginborn digital
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10657/4830
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsThe author of this work is the copyright owner. UH Libraries and the Texas Digital Library have their permission to store and provide access to this work. Further transmission, reproduction, or presentation of this work is prohibited except with permission of the author(s).
dc.subjectSurfactant flood
dc.subjectEnhanced oil recovery
dc.titleExtra–Heavy Oil Recovery by Single–Phase Microemulsion Flooding
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dc.type.genreThesis
thesis.degree.collegeCullen College of Engineering
thesis.degree.departmentPetroleum Engineering, Department of
thesis.degree.disciplinePetroleum Engineering
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Houston
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science

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