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Type: Artigo
Title: Recent developments on the elucidation of colloidal aspects of asphaltenes and their relevance to oilfield problems
Author: Balestrin, Lia B. S.
Loh, Watson
Abstract: Asphaltenes constitute the heavy petroleum fraction responsible for deposition events that may lead to reduced oil production, therefore of great interest for flow assurance. These molecules self-ssemble in solutions leading to formation of aggregates that eventually grow towards precipitation and blockages in reservoirs and pipelines. Based on the Yen-Mullins aggregation model, two complementary scenarios are involved in asphaltenes phase behavior: one called thermodynamic, in which interacting molecules and other species can be assumed to be in equilibrium, and a second one, involving interacting colloidal particles, both being described by different theoretical frameworks. For the first, molecular interactions can explain the experimental observations or theoretical models. For the second stage, colloidal forces such as those described by Derjaguin, Landau, Verwey and Overbeek (DLVO) theory, steric particle stabilization and diffusion or reaction limited aggregation processes might control the process. Our evaluation is that this second approach is underrepresented in the current literature. For this reason, this review focuses on describing evidences for the presence of colloidal particles in crude oils obtained with different experimental techniques, drawing attention to this important attribute and we raise a few questions that we believe must be addressed in order to better understand the contributions from colloidal aspects
Subject: Asfaltenos
Country: Brasil
Editor: Sociedade Brasileira de Química
Rights: Aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.21577/0103-5053.20190257
Date Issue: 2020
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