ACS Publications. Most Trusted. Most Cited. Most Read
My Activity
CONTENT TYPES

Microfluidic Investigation of Salinity-Induced Oil Recovery in Porous Media during Chemical Flooding

  • Sung wan Park
    Sung wan Park
    Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822, United States
  • Jonghyun Lee
    Jonghyun Lee
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Water Resources Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822, United States
    More by Jonghyun Lee
  • Hongkyu Yoon
    Hongkyu Yoon
    Geomechanics Department, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87123, United States
    More by Hongkyu Yoon
  • , and 
  • Sangwoo Shin*
    Sangwoo Shin
    Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822, United States
    *Email: [email protected]
    More by Sangwoo Shin
Cite this: Energy Fuels 2021, 35, 6, 4885–4892
Publication Date (Web):March 2, 2021
https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.0c04320
Copyright © 2021 American Chemical Society

    Article Views

    1114

    Altmetric

    -

    Citations

    LEARN ABOUT THESE METRICS
    Other access options
    Supporting Info (1)»

    Abstract

    Abstract Image

    High and low salinity water flooding are common oil recovery processes performed in the oil fields for extracting crude oil from the reservoir. These processes are often performed sequentially, naturally establishing non-uniform salinity in the porous subsurface. In this article, we investigate oil transport in porous media induced by salinity change upon flooding with high and low salinity water. As we observe a large number of impervious dead-ends from three-dimensional imaging of the actual reservoir, we identify that these areas play an important role in oil recovery where the oil transport is governed by the salinity change rather than hydrodynamics. The salinity gradients induced upon high salinity water flooding provide pathways to enhance the transport of oil drops trapped in the dead-end regions via non-equilibrium effects. However, above a critical salinity, we observe a rapid aggregation of drops that lead to the complete blockage of the pore space, thereby inhibiting oil recovery. We also find that, at an intermediate salinity where the drop aggregation is modest, the aggregation rather promotes the oil recovery. Our observations suggest that there exist optimal salinity conditions for maximizing oil recovery during chemical flooding.

    Read this article

    To access this article, please review the available access options below.

    Get instant access

    Purchase Access

    Read this article for 48 hours. Check out below using your ACS ID or as a guest.

    Recommended

    Access through Your Institution

    You may have access to this article through your institution.

    Your institution does not have access to this content. You can change your affiliated institution below.

    Supporting Information

    ARTICLE SECTIONS
    Jump To

    The Supporting Information is available free of charge at https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.0c04320.

    • (Movie S1) Migration of decane drops in dead-end pores upon high and low salinity water injection (play speed is 30×) (AVI)

    Terms & Conditions

    Most electronic Supporting Information files are available without a subscription to ACS Web Editions. Such files may be downloaded by article for research use (if there is a public use license linked to the relevant article, that license may permit other uses). Permission may be obtained from ACS for other uses through requests via the RightsLink permission system: http://pubs.acs.org/page/copyright/permissions.html.

    Cited By

    This article is cited by 36 publications.

    1. Burak Akdeniz, Jeffery A. Wood, Rob G. H. Lammertink. Diffusiophoretic Behavior of Polyelectrolyte-Coated Particles. Langmuir 2024, 40 (11) , 5934-5944. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.3c03916
    2. Susmita Samanta, Paramita Mahapatra, H. Ohshima, Partha P. Gopmandal. Diffusiophoresis of Weakly Charged Fluid Droplets in a General Electrolyte Solution: An Analytical Theory. Langmuir 2023, 39 (35) , 12452-12466. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.3c01667
    3. Zachary Diermyer, Yidong Xia, Jiaoyan Li. Insights into Waterflooding in Hydrocarbon-Bearing Nanochannels of Varying Cross Sections from Mesoscopic Multiphase Flow Simulations. Langmuir 2023, 39 (20) , 6992-7005. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.3c00139
    4. Jianbin Liu, Shun Liu, Wei Zhang, Liguo Zhong, Yi Hao, Yanjun Zhang, Wenbin Cai, Hengyi Du. Influence of Emulsification Characteristics on the Pressure Dynamics during Chemical Flooding for Oil Recovery. Energy & Fuels 2023, 37 (6) , 4308-4319. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.2c04010
    5. Junchen Liu, Yandong Zhang, Mingzhen Wei, Xiaoming He, Baojun Bai. Fabrications and Applications of Micro/Nanofluidics in Oil and Gas Recovery: A Comprehensive Review. Energy & Fuels 2022, 36 (17) , 9904-9931. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.2c01943
    6. Mostafa Olfat, Erfan Kadivar. Modelling of bioparticle separation in the dielectrophoresis microfluidic using the Brinkman flow. Physica Scripta 2024, 99 (5) , 055930. https://doi.org/10.1088/1402-4896/ad37dc
    7. Stefanía Betancur, Lina Quevedo, Carol M. Olmos. Microfluidic devices, materials, and recent progress for petroleum applications: A review. The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering 2024, 48 https://doi.org/10.1002/cjce.25214
    8. Jian Teng, Bhargav Rallabandi, Jesse T. Ault. Diffusioosmotic dispersion of solute in a long narrow channel. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 2023, 977 https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2023.919
    9. Onofrio Annunziata. Role of preferential hydration on diffusiophoresis of globular proteins. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 2023, 216 , 124503. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2023.124503
    10. Babu Bhaskar, Somnath Bhattacharyya. Diffusiophoresis of a highly charged rigid colloid in a hydrogel incorporating ion steric interactions. Physics of Fluids 2023, 35 (10) https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0169488
    11. Partha Sarathi Majee. Effect of ion partitioning on diffusiophoresis of a soft particle with hydrophobic core. Colloid and Polymer Science 2023, 301 (9) , 1077-1089. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00396-023-05125-x
    12. Andrey Olhin, Aleksey Vishnyakov. Pore Structure and Permeability of Tight-Pore Sandstones: Quantitative Test of the Lattice–Boltzmann Method. Applied Sciences 2023, 13 (16) , 9112. https://doi.org/10.3390/app13169112
    13. Dmitrii Pereponov, Michael Tarkhov, Desmond Batsa Dorhjie, Alexander Rykov, Ivan Filippov, Elena Zenova, Vladislav Krutko, Alexey Cheremisin, Evgeny Shilov. Microfluidic Studies on Minimum Miscibility Pressure for n-Decane and CO2. Energies 2023, 16 (13) , 4994. https://doi.org/10.3390/en16134994
    14. Viet Sang Doan, Dong-Ook Kim, Craig Snoeyink, Ying Sun, Sangwoo Shin. Shape- and orientation-dependent diffusiophoresis of colloidal ellipsoids. Physical Review E 2023, 107 (5) https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.107.L052602
    15. Leia Fan, Jason Lin, Annie Yu, Kevin Chang, Jessica Tseng, Judy Su, Amy Chang, Shirley Lu, Eric Lee. Diffusiophoresis of a Weakly Charged Liquid Metal Droplet. Molecules 2023, 28 (9) , 3905. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules28093905
    16. Jinjie Xu, Zhikui Wang, Henry C. W. Chu. Unidirectional drying of a suspension of diffusiophoretic colloids under gravity. RSC Advances 2023, 13 (14) , 9247-9259. https://doi.org/10.1039/D3RA00115F
    17. Jianbin Liu, Shun Liu, Liguo Zhong, Zelin Li, Yalong Zhang, Hengyi Du. Porous media flooding mechanism of nanoparticle-enhanced emulsification system. Physics of Fluids 2023, 35 (3) https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0141815
    18. Subrata Majhi, Somnath Bhattacharyya. A simplified model for the impact of dielectric polarization of a charged droplet on its diffusiophoresis. Physics of Fluids 2023, 35 (3) https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0142875
    19. Siddharth Sambamoorthy, Henry C. W. Chu. Diffusiophoresis of a spherical particle in porous media. Soft Matter 2023, 19 (6) , 1131-1143. https://doi.org/10.1039/D2SM01620F
    20. Hourya Olfati Chaghagolani, Erfan Kadivar. Numerical study of droplet sorting in an asymmetric Y-junction microfluidic by BEM and LS method. Microfluidics and Nanofluidics 2023, 27 (2) https://doi.org/10.1007/s10404-023-02625-8
    21. Teeratorn Kadeethum, Francesco Ballarin, Daniel O’Malley, Youngsoo Choi, Nikolaos Bouklas, Hongkyu Yoon. Reduced order modeling for flow and transport problems with Barlow Twins self-supervised learning. Scientific Reports 2022, 12 (1) https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-24545-3
    22. Mariam Shakeel, Aida Samanova, Peyman Pourafshary, Muhammad Rehan Hashmet. Optimization of Low Salinity Water/Surfactant Flooding Design for Oil-Wet Carbonate Reservoirs by Introducing a Negative Salinity Gradient. Energies 2022, 15 (24) , 9400. https://doi.org/10.3390/en15249400
    23. Leia Fan, Elaine Jian, Wen‐Chun Chang, Yvonne Wu, Jason Lin, Andy Tseng, Jessica Tseng, Renee Wan, Annie Yu, Eric Lee. Diffusiophoresis in suspensions of highly charged soft particles. ELECTROPHORESIS 2022, 43 (21-22) , 2227-2233. https://doi.org/10.1002/elps.202100380
    24. Eliandreina Cruz Barrios, Kyra V. Penino, Onofrio Annunziata. Diffusiophoresis of a Nonionic Micelle in Salt Gradients; Roles of Preferential Hydration and Salt-Induced Surfactant Aggregation. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 2022, 23 (22) , 13710. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms232213710
    25. Qingwang Yuan, Bowen Ling, Saman A. Aryana. New phase diagram of miscible viscous fingering instabilities in porous media with dead-end pores. Physics of Fluids 2022, 34 (9) https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0104692
    26. Meng‐Yu Tsai, Leia Fan, Jessica Tseng, Jason Lin, Andy Tseng, Eric Lee. Electrophoresis of a highly charged fluid droplet in dilute electrolyte solutions: Analytical Hückel‐type solution. ELECTROPHORESIS 2022, 43 (15) , 1611-1616. https://doi.org/10.1002/elps.202200048
    27. Raphael da Silva Alvim, Caetano Rodrigues Miranda. First-principles calculations of carboxylic acid adsorption on carbonate surfaces: Chain size and aqueous interface effects. Applied Surface Science 2022, 592 , 153216. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2022.153216
    28. Eliandreina Cruz Barrios, Taylor C. Krause, Onofrio Annunziata. Salt-induced diffusiophoresis of a nonionic micelle: Roles of salting out and proximity to surfactant cloud point. Journal of Molecular Liquids 2022, 359 , 119271. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molliq.2022.119271
    29. Leia Fan, Eric Lee. Diffusiophoresis of a highly charged conducting fluid droplet. Physics of Fluids 2022, 34 (6) https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0098144
    30. Parth R. Shah, Huanshu Tan, David Taylor, Xiaoyu Tang, Nan Shi, Afnan Mashat, Amr Abdel-Fattah, Todd M. Squires. Temperature dependence of diffusiophoresis via a novel microfluidic approach. Lab on a Chip 2022, 22 (10) , 1980-1988. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1LC00916H
    31. Mahmood Fani, Peyman Pourafshary, Peyman Mostaghimi, Nader Mosavat. Application of microfluidics in chemical enhanced oil recovery: A review. Fuel 2022, 315 , 123225. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2022.123225
    32. Leia Fan, Yvonne Wu, Elaine Jian, Jessica Tseng, Renee Wan, Andy Tseng, Jason Lin, Eric Lee. Diffusiophoresis of a highly charged dielectric fluid droplet induced by diffusion potential. Physics of Fluids 2022, 34 (4) https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0086282
    33. Meng‐Yu Tsai, Yvonne Wu, Leia Fan, Elaine Jian, Jason Lin, Jessica Tseng, Andy Tseng, Renee Wan, Eric Lee. Analytical solution to dielectric droplet diffusiophoresis under Debye–Hückel approximation. ELECTROPHORESIS 2022, 43 (3) , 495-500. https://doi.org/10.1002/elps.202100264
    34. M. Mohammadi, H. Nikbin-Fashkacheh, H. Mahani. Pore network-scale visualization of the effect of brine composition on sweep efficiency and speed of oil recovery from carbonates using a photolithography-based calcite microfluidic model. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 2022, 208 , 109641. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2021.109641
    35. Sung Eun Kim, Hongkyu Yoon, Jonghyun Lee. Fast and scalable earth texture synthesis using spatially assembled generative adversarial neural networks. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 2021, 243 , 103867. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jconhyd.2021.103867
    36. Yvonne Wu, Elaine Jian, Leia Fan, Jessica Tseng, Renee Wan, Eric Lee. Diffusiophoresis of a highly charged dielectric fluid droplet. Physics of Fluids 2021, 33 (12) https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0069778

    Pair your accounts.

    Export articles to Mendeley

    Get article recommendations from ACS based on references in your Mendeley library.

    Pair your accounts.

    Export articles to Mendeley

    Get article recommendations from ACS based on references in your Mendeley library.

    You’ve supercharged your research process with ACS and Mendeley!

    STEP 1:
    Click to create an ACS ID

    Please note: If you switch to a different device, you may be asked to login again with only your ACS ID.

    Please note: If you switch to a different device, you may be asked to login again with only your ACS ID.

    Please note: If you switch to a different device, you may be asked to login again with only your ACS ID.

    MENDELEY PAIRING EXPIRED
    Your Mendeley pairing has expired. Please reconnect