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dc.contributor.advisorKazemi, Hossein
dc.contributor.advisorManrique, E. (Eduardo)
dc.contributor.authorIzadi Kamouei, Mehdi
dc.date.accessioned2007-01-03T07:12:33Z
dc.date.accessioned2022-02-03T12:50:57Z
dc.date.available2007-01-03T07:12:33Z
dc.date.available2022-02-03T12:50:57Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifierT 7739
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11124/17098
dc.description2015 Spring.
dc.descriptionIncludes color illustrations.
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 58-65).
dc.description.abstractSurfactant-polymer (SP) flooding is an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technique used to mobilize residual oil by lowering the oil-water interfacial tension, micellar solubilization, and lowering the displacing phase mobility to improve sweep efficiency. Surfactant-polymer flooding, also known as micellar flooding, has been studied both in the laboratory and field pilot tests for several decades. Surfactant polymer flooding is believed to be a major enhanced oil recovery technique based on laboratory experiments; however, its applications to field has not met the expectations of laboratory results. Successful field applications of SP flooding have been limited because of a number of obstacles, which include the large number of laboratory experiments required to design an appropriate SP system, high sensitivity to reservoir rock and fluid characteristics, complexity of reservoirs, infrastructure required for field implementation, and lack of reliable statistics on successes of field applications. In other words, there are many variables that affect reservoir performance. Traditionally, in SP flooding, a tapered polymer solution follows the injected surfactant slug. However, in recent years co-injection of surfactant and a relatively high concentration of polymer solution have been used in several field trials. Despite significant increase in oil recovery at early times in several surfactant-polymer floods, the increase in oil production period has had short duration followed by significant reduction in oil production. Thus, this research primarily relied on field test data to understand the problem, hoping that an improved solution strategy can be developed for new field applications. Second, current numerical models do not correctly predict the performance of surfactant-polymer floods and tend to over predict. Thus the second objective of this research was to develop a methodology to use combined field and laboratory data in commercial simulators to improve their predictive capability.
dc.format.mediumborn digital
dc.format.mediumdoctoral dissertations
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherColorado School of Mines. Arthur Lakes Library
dc.relation.ispartof2015 - Mines Theses & Dissertations
dc.rightsCopyright of the original work is retained by the author.
dc.subjectsurfactant
dc.subjectfield
dc.subjectpolymer
dc.subjectlaboratory
dc.subjectEOR
dc.subjectsimulation
dc.subject.lcshEnhanced oil recovery
dc.subject.lcshPolymers
dc.subject.lcshSurface active agents
dc.subject.lcshEnhanced oil recovery -- Simulation methods
dc.titleAssessing productivity impairment of surfactant-polymer EOR using laboratory and field data
dc.typeText
dc.contributor.committeememberCurtis, John B.
dc.contributor.committeememberOzkan, E.
dc.contributor.committeememberYin, Xiaolong
dc.contributor.committeememberWu, Yu-Shu
dc.contributor.committeememberGriffiths, D. V.
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.disciplinePetroleum Engineering
thesis.degree.grantorColorado School of Mines


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