Title

Experimental investigation the effect of nanoparticles on micellization behavior of a surfactant: application to EOR

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Ahmadi, MA, Ahmad, Z, Phung, LTK, Kashiwao, T & Bahadori, A 2016, 'Experimental investigation the effect of nanoparticles on micellization behavior of a surfactant: application to EOR', Petroleum Science and Technology, vol. 34. no. 11-12, pp. 1055-1061.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10916466.2016.1148051

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

Chemical stimulation such as surfactant flooding in petroleum reservoirs makes efforts to produce remained oil and improve sweep efficiency by means of different phenomena such as lowering interfacial tension and wettability alteration of reservoir rock. Implementing concentration of surfactant through surfactant flooding is one of the big challenges while interfacial tension between surfactant solution and oil after certain concentration involves little changes such as critical micelle concentration (CMC). This article highlights the effect of nanosilica on CMC of Zyziphus Spina Christi, as sugar-based surfactant, in aqueous solutions for enhanced oil recovery and reservoir stimulation purposes. A conductivity approach was selected to assess the CMC of the introduced surfactant in aqueous solution at 25°C. The influence of nanosilica concentrations on CMC variation of introduced surfactant is considered. It is found that CMC of introduced surfactant decreased while the concentration of the nanosilica increased. Results from this study can aim in optimum condition selection of surfactant flooding as an enhanced oil recovery ends.