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Viscosity Measurements for Various Mixed Fluids Used to Enhance Oil Recovery

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Mahmoud O. Elsharafi, Cody Chancellor, Denzel Kinyua, Reuben Denwe

Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX

Paper No. IMECE2017-70961, pp. V006T08A055; 9 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 6: Energy
  • Tampa, Florida, USA, November 3–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5841-7
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


In mature reservoirs, the goal is to increase oil mobility and decrease water mobility. As a result, oil production will be increased and unwanted water production will be decreased. Surfactant and alkaline are widely used to change the wettability of reservoir rocks from oil wet to water wet. Viscosity measurements are important in finding out the impact viscous fluids on enhanced oil recovery (EOR). This project focuses on the viscosity measurements of various mixed fluids used in oil-fields to enhance oil recovery. Two types of surfactants (A and B) and one type of alkaline were utilized throughout the work. In addition, different types of oil obtained from different areas were implemented. The viscosity of these mixed fluids was measured while observing the implications of using varying surfactant and alkaline concentrations. Lastly, the effect of temperature on fluid viscosity was monitored.

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