Derong Xu, Wanli Kang, Liming Zhang, Jiatong Jiang, Zhe Li, Yao Lu, Pengyi Zhang, Hairong Wu
May 7, 2018
Ultra-low interfacial tension (IFT) is an important parameter for selecting surfactants to apply in chemical enhanced oil recovery (CEOR). In this study, the IFT between the solution of the surfactant ANSM and Dagang crude oil was measured using the spinning drop method. The effects of the surfactant concentration, temperature, salt types and aging time on the IFT were investigated in detail. The results showed that ANSM effectively reduced the IFT without alkali. Ultra-low IFT was formed in a wide range of surfactant concentrations from 0.05∼ 0.5 wt.% and a wide range of temperatures from 20∼80°C. In addition, ANSM also showed great NaCl tolerance, with a maximum NaCl concentration of 130000 mg · L − 1 . Furthermore, 0.1 wt.% ANSM maintained an ultra-low IFT, even with 900 mg · L − 1 CaCl 2 or 1300 mg · L − 1 MgCl 2, in the presence of 10000 mg · L − 1 NaCl. ANSM also had an excellent stability; the solution maintained the ultra-low IFT for 60 days at 90°C. Thus, ANSM proved itself as a potential candidate for CEOR.