Experimental study of the rheological behaviour of the algerian crude oil

Madjid Meriem-Benziane, Sabah A. Abdul-Wahab, Mustapha Douani, Mansour Belhadri

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Abstract

The Oil companies are increasingly concerned with the recovery of oil wells by focusing on the residual amounts retained in the pockets through the injection of large quantities of water. Hence, this work aims at studying experimentally the effects of the presence of the water on the capacity of the crude oil recovery. For this purpose, two samples of synthetic crude oil, from the Algerian Sahara, were prepared. The experimental results, expressed in terms ofrevealed the Newtonian fluid character. The oil-water emulsions (30%, 50% and 70% in water), that are thermodynamically relatively stable, found to exhibit a Herschel-Bulkley and Bingham rheological models. Apart from this, the slow phase separation implied much larger energy and therefore constituted a major obstacle for the storage and the trading of the finished product. The release of the oil emulsion will result in the production of pollution that is required to be reduced to the minimum. The analysis of the stability of the emulsions was introduced by using the concept of interfacial dilatation module. It was found that emulsions were characterized by a plate region due to the formation of a network of pseudo-gel, in accordance with the physical and chemical bonds to oil-water interface.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th International Conference on Thermal Engineering Theory and Applications
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event6th International Conference on Thermal Engineering Theory and Applications - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: May 29 2012Jun 1 2012

Other

Other6th International Conference on Thermal Engineering Theory and Applications
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period5/29/126/1/12

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Keywords

  • Algerian crude oil
  • Emulsion
  • Non-newtonian
  • Temperature
  • Viscosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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Meriem-Benziane, M., Abdul-Wahab, S. A., Douani, M., & Belhadri, M. (2012). Experimental study of the rheological behaviour of the algerian crude oil. In 6th International Conference on Thermal Engineering Theory and Applications