Characterization of pH-sensitive polymer microgel transport in porous media for improving oil recovery

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We found that the sizes of poly(acrylic acid) microgels in solution were high enough to be retained by rock matrix. To overcome this problem, we varied the mixing period and mixing rate with and without heat, added NaOH followed by HCl, injected the polymer at the transient state, and added a chemical agent, but without any success. However, the microgel particles were not propagating through the cores and they plugged just the front face of the core. Thus, this kind of polymer can successfully improve oil recovery in fractured systems only, which we proved experimentally to be significant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1048-1057
Number of pages10
JournalEnergy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization and Environmental Effects
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011



  • fractures
  • improving oil recovery
  • microgel
  • pH trigger
  • plugging
  • poly(acrylic acid)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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