Determining the Effect of a Viscosity Reducer on Water – Heavy Crude Oil Emulsions.
Josue F. Perez-Sanchez1, Rocio R. Gallegos-Villella2, Josue Gomez-Espinoza3, Edgardo J. Suarez-Dominguez4
1Josue F. Perez-Sanchez, Centro de Investigación en Petroquímica, Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Madero, Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
2Rocio R. Gallegos-Villela, Facultad de Arquitectura Diseño y Urbanismo, Universidad Autónoma de Tamualipas, Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
3Josue Gomez-Espinoza, Hokmot Labs, Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
4J. Suarez-Dominguez, Facultad de Arquitectura Diseño y Urbanismo, Universidad Autónoma de Tamualipas, Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Manuscript received on 18 June 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 25 June 2019 | Manuscript published on 30 June 2019 | PP: 844-848 | Volume-8 Issue-5, June 2019 | Retrieval Number: E7266068519/19©BEIESP
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Abstract: Viscosity of heavy and extra-heavy crude oils generates several problems in their extraction and transport and this property is due to the formation of water-in-oil emulsions. In this work, the effect of a viscosity bio-reducer on viscosity, in addition to the dispersion and size distribution of water droplets in emulsified samples of heavy crude from northern Mexico, was studied by analyzing the behavior of the fluids through fractal geometry in two dimensions. The results showed a constant distribution profile and a stable dispersion within the fluid for different emulsions. Even at low temperatures, a substantial reduction in the crude viscosity was observed.
Keywords: 2D Fractal Dimension, Droplet Size, Particle Dispersion, Viscosity Reduction, Water-Heavy Crude Oil Emulsion.
Scope of the Article: Water Supply and Drainage