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Mobilization of Fine Particles during Flooding of Sandstones and Possible Relations to Enhanced Oil Recovery

Fogden, Andrew; Kumar, Munish; Morrow, Norman Robert; Buckley, Jill S


The mounting evidence that waterflooding of clay-containing sandstone reservoirs using floodwater with reduced salinity can enhance oil recovery, but with unpredictably large variation in responses, demands improved understanding of the underlying mechanisms. Mobilization of clays and other fines is one candidate mechanism. Flow experiments in Berea sandstone plugs were designed such that the change in their fines distribution from before to after the oil and water injections could be imaged in...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Energy and Fuels
DOI: 10.1021/ef101572n


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