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Published in: Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering 12/2023

28-11-2023 | Research Article-Petroleum Engineering

Does Non-circular Shear Rheometry Amplifies the Nonlinear Viscoelastic Effects for an Improved Polymer EOR Selection Criteria?

Authors: Jafar Al Hamad, Madhar Sahib Azad, Mohammed Farhan, Dhafer Al-Shehri, Assad Barri

Published in: Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering | Issue 12/2023

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Abstract

Steady-shear rheometry equipped with the perfect circular geometry has been used for decades to characterize the viscous characteristics of EOR polymer systems. Recently (Azad in SPE J, 2023), they have been successfully used to characterize the shear thickening characteristics of higher Mw (molecular weight)-higher elastic polymer systems. However, circular geometry fails to thicken the low Mw-lesser elastic polymer systems that exhibited thickening in consolidated porous media. Despite the fact that the different geometries could impose a different deformation, no effort was made to study the effect of non-circular geometry on their rheological behavior. This paper addresses this gap. The results indicate that non-circular geometry not only thickens the higher Mw-elastic systems strongly, but also the lower Mw-lesser elastic systems. Compared with concentric cylinder (CC) geometry, non-circular geometry better predicts the nonlinear viscoelastic properties of polymer systems especially those characterized by low Mw-low salinity-high concentration in porous media. However, CC appears to characterize the Newtonian behavior well and thereby suggests that the combination of both geometries could improve the selection criteria for viscoelastic polymer EOR applications.

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Metadata
Title
Does Non-circular Shear Rheometry Amplifies the Nonlinear Viscoelastic Effects for an Improved Polymer EOR Selection Criteria?
Authors
Jafar Al Hamad
Madhar Sahib Azad
Mohammed Farhan
Dhafer Al-Shehri
Assad Barri
Publication date
28-11-2023
Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Published in
Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering / Issue 12/2023
Print ISSN: 2193-567X
Electronic ISSN: 2191-4281
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s13369-023-08378-4

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