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Research of a Surfactant Gel with Potential Application in Oilfield

Erforschung eines Tensidgels mit potentieller Anwendung auf dem Ölfeld
Minlan Gao, Wen Tian, Zhihui Ma, Sanbao Dong, Congyu Ke, Jie Zhang and Gang Chen


In this study, a viscoelastic surfactant gel was composed using erucoylamine propyl betaine and other additives. The formulation of this viscoelastic surfactant gel solution was determined as: erucamide propyl betaine:oleic acid amide propyl betaine:octadecyl hydroxyl sulfonate betaine = 1.7%:1.36%:0.01%. Then the performance of viscoelastic surfactant gel fluid was evaluated. The results showed that the viscoelastic surfactant gel has good temperature resistance and salt resistance. At 50°C, the apparent viscosity reaches the maximum value, 37 mPa · s, and it displays high shear resistance under the shear rate of 170 s–1, with the viscosity retention of 83.3%. Kerosene (1%) can completely break the gel within 2 h, which can convert the gel into a surfactant solution soon. Also the gel shows high emulsion ability, which can benefit the oil displacement in oilfield. Finally this gel can enhance the oil displacement rate as high as 28%.


In dieser Studie wurde ein viskoelastisches Tensid-Gel unter Verwendung von Erucoylaminpropylbetain und anderen Additiven zusammengestellt. Die Formulierung dieser viskoelastischen Tensid-Gel-Lösung wurde wie folgt bestimmt: Erucoylaminpropylbetain: Ölsäureamidpropylbetain:Octadecylhydroxylsulfonatbetain = 1,7%:1.36%:0.01%. Dann wurde die Leistung der viskoelastischen Tensid-Gelflüssigkeit bewertet. Die Ergebnisse zeigten, dass das viskoelastische Tensid-Gel eine gute Temperaturbeständigkeit und Salzbeständigkeit aufweist. Bei 50°C erreicht die scheinbare Viskosität den maximalen Wert von 37 mPa s, und es zeigt eine hohe Scherfestigkeit bei der Scherrate von 170 s–1. Der Viskositätserhalt beträgt 83,3%. Kerosin (1%) kann das Gel innerhalb von 2 h vollständig brechen, wodurch das Gel in eine Tensidlösung umgewandelt werden kann. Außerdem zeigt das Gel eine hohe Emulsionsfähigkeit, was die Ölverdrängung auf dem Ölfeld begünstigt. Die Ölverdrängungsrate wird mit Hilfe des Gels um bis zu 28% erhöht.

Prof. Gang Chen Shaanxi Province Key Laboratory of Environmental Pollution Control and Reservoir Protection Technology of Oilfields College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Xi’an Shiyou University Xi’an, 710065 China State Key Laboratory of Petroleum Pollution Control CNPC Research Institute of Safety and Environmental Technology Beijing, 102206 China


The work was supported financially by Xi’an Science and Technology Planning Project (201805038YD16CG22(3)), National Science Foundation of China (50874092) and The Youth Innovation Team of Shaanxi Universities. And we thank the work of Modern Analysis and Testing Center of Xi`an Shiyou University.


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Received: 2020-10-05
Accepted: 2021-04-01
Published Online: 2021-09-25
Published in Print: 2021-09-30

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