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Temperature-dependent viscosity model of HPAM polymer through high-temperature reservoirs

Title
Temperature-dependent viscosity model of HPAM polymer through high-temperature reservoirs
Author
이근상
Keywords
Polymer flooding; Thermal degradation; Hydrolysis; Half-life; Viscosity model; HYDROLYZED POLYACRYLAMIDE SOLUTIONS; MOLECULAR-WEIGHT; THERMAL-STABILITY; DEGRADATION
Issue Date
2014-09
Publisher
ELSEVIER SCI LTD, THE BOULEVARD, LANGFORD LANE, KIDLINGTON, OXFORD OX5 1GB, OXON, ENGLAND
Citation
Polymer Degradation and Stability, 2014, 110, P.225-231
Abstract
Polymer flooding in high temperature reservoirs usually has shown poor performance because the injected polymeric solution tends to experience severe thermal degradation and ineffective in-situ sweep behavior. For the simulation results under such reservoirs, the real observation is likely to be out of estimation due to the absence of accurate viscosity model. The aim of this study was therefore to modify an existing numerical reservoir simulator to model HPAM hydrolysis, which is caused by thermal degradation in high temperature reservoirs, by employing the concept of half-life decomposition. The term 'half-life' has been proposed in numerical simulations to describe the kinetics of thermal decomposition of unstable polymers. This work analyzed rheological properties considering thermal hydrolysis with the goal of establishing an in-situ viscosity calculation for high temperature reservoirs. Comparison of the conventional Flory-Huggins' model to the proposed viscosity model allowed us to evaluate hydrolysis and the long-term stability of the polymer according to temperature. The results obtained using the new viscosity model indicated that polymer concentration loss was proportional to the initial concentration. However, viscosity reduction was more severe than concentration loss at higher initial polymer injection concentrations and was exaggerated as the initial concentration increased. Due to polymer decomposition at high temperatures, application of polymer flooding is limited at high-temperature reservoir. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
URI
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0141391014003528http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11754/48909
ISSN
0141-3910; 1873-2321
DOI
10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2014.09.006
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COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING[S](공과대학) > EARTH RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING(자원환경공학과) > Articles
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