Evaluation of the Dynamic Interfacial Tension between Viscoelastic Surfactant Solutions and Oil Using Porous Micromodels

M. Elmuzafar Ahmed, Abdullah S. Sultan, Mohamed Mahmoud, Kamaljit Singh, Muhammad Shahzad Kamal, Shirish Patil, Mazen Kanj

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Interfacial tension (IFT) is a crucial parameter in many natural and industrial processes, such as enhanced oil recovery and subsurface energy storage. IFT determines how easy the fluids can pass through pore throats and hence will decide how much residual fluids will be left behind. Here, we use a porous glass micromodel to investigate the dynamic IFT between oil and Armovis viscoelastic surfactant (VES) solution based on the concept of drop deformation while passing through a pore throat. Three different concentrations of VES, that is, 0.5, 0.75, and 1.25% vol% prepared using 57 K ppm synthetic seawater, were used in this study. The rheology obtained using a rheometer at ambient temperature showed zero shear viscosity of 325, 1101, and 1953 cP for 0.5%, 0.75%, and 1.25% VES, respectively, with a power-law region between 2 and 50 1/s. The dynamic IFT increases with the shear rate and then reaches a plateau. The results of IFT were compared with those obtained from the spinning drop method, which shows 97% accuracy for 1.25% VES, whereas the accuracy decreased to 65% for 0.75 VES and 51% for 0.5% VES. The findings indicate that we can reliably estimate the IFT of VES at higher concentrations directly during multiphase flow in porous micromodels without the need to perform separate experiments and wait for a long time to reach equilibrium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6387–6394
Number of pages8
Issue number20
Early online date9 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2022


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