Destruction of water-in-oil emulsions in electromagnetic fields

Liana Kovaleva, Ayrat Musin, Rasul Zinnatullin, Iskander S. Akhatov

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Abstract

The problem of water-in-oil emulsion destruction is related to many technological processes in the oil-and-gas industry, especially in extracting and processing of oil, preparation and transportation of oil, and liquidation/recycling of oil-sludge barns. High stability of water-in-oil emulsions is principally conditioned by the presence in oils of heavy high-molecular polar components that envelope water droplets and prevent coalescence of these droplets. Using conventional techniques to destroy the emulsions yields no positive results. Employing electromagnetic field energy is one of the ways to address this problem. The paper presents the results of an experimental study of the water-in-oil emulsion destruction in radio-frequency and microwave electromagnetic fields. A mathematical model is also proposed to describe the process of electromagnetic impact on water-in-oil emulsions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFluids and Thermal Systems; Advances for Process Industries
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Pages617-621
Number of pages5
EditionPARTS A AND B
ISBN (Print)9780791854921
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2011 - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: 11 Nov 201117 Nov 2011

Publication series

NameASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2011
NumberPARTS A AND B
Volume6

Conference

ConferenceASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDenver, CO
Period11/11/1117/11/11

Keywords

  • Heavy oil
  • Microwave
  • Polarizing interaction
  • Radio-frequency electromagnetic field
  • Water-in-oil emulsion

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