Vapor-liquid and liquid-liquid interfacial tension of water and hydrocarbon systems at representative reservoir conditions: Experimental and modelling results

Luís Manuel Cravo Pereira, Antonin Chapoy, Bahman Tohidi Kalorazi

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Abstract

In this paper, interfacial tension (IFT) of two ternary water-rich hydrocarbon systems were investigated at a representative reservoir temperature of 150 °C and equilibrium pressures up to 140 MPa. Two-phase and three-phase IFT measurements of water-methane-hexadecane and water-methane-toluene mixtures were carried out in our previously validated Pendant Drop facility and the equilibrium phase densities, required to determine pertinent IFT values, were determined by measuring the volume and mass of samples separately. The results showed a high pressure dependency of IFT values below the hydrocarbon dew point (i.e., three-phase region) whereas a slight increase on the interfacial tension was observed in the two-phase region. Aiming at developing a general model for describing this property in multiphase systems, the generated and literature IFT data were used to develop and validate our model based on the Linear Gradient Theory (LGT). The LGT has been proven capable of describing vapor-liquid and liquid-liquid interfaces in systems containing polar and non-polar compounds when coupled with an appropriate thermodynamic model. In this work the LGT was coupled with the Cubic-Plus-Association equation of state (CPA EoS) for a correct description of the equilibrium properties of the phases involved. The modelling results confirmed the superiority of the LGT over classical models in that one single model can be used for describing the IFT of multiphase systems with greater accuracy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers
Pages1180-1194
Number of pages15
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9781634398879
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventSPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 2014 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 27 Oct 201429 Oct 2014

Conference

ConferenceSPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 2014
Abbreviated titleATCE 2014
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period27/10/1429/10/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology

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