Surfactants: Fundamentals and Applications in the Petroleum Industry

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Here is a comprehensive introduction to the highly practical and diverse applications of surfactants within the petroleum industry, detailing their nature, occurrence, physical properties, propagation, and uses. The focus is on the knowledge and practices needed to successfully deal with surfactants in the petroleum production process: in reservoirs, in oil and gas wells, in surface processing operations, and in environmental, health and safety applications. Throughout, important applications of colloid and interface science principles are emphasized and real-world processes and problems are clearly illustrated. The book also includes a comprehensive glossary.

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"In addition to scientists and engineers in the petroleum industry, this book will be of interest to senior undergraduates and graduate students in science and engineering, and to graduate students of surfactant chemistry." Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology

"This book is aimed primarily at scientists, engineers, and students who work with surfactants in enhanced recovery and process design...Surfacants: Fundamental Applications in the Petroleum Industry, and its three companions, are invaluable reference texts and will serve as a resource for anyone investigating the physics of multiphase fluid flow." Palaios

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521640671
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Pages: 632
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Surfactant Fundamentals: 1. Surfactants and their solutions: basic principles Laurier L. Schramm and D. Gerrard Marangoni; 2. Characterization of demulsifiers R. J. Mikula and V. A. Munoz; 3. Emulsions and foams in the petroleum industry Laurier L. Schramm and Susan M. Kutay; Part II. Surfactants in Porous Media: 4. Surfactant adsorption in porous media Laura L. Wesson and Jeffrey H. Harwell; 5. Surfactant induced wettability alteration in porous media Eugene A. Spinler and Bernard A. Baldwin; 6. Surfactant flooding in enhanced oil recovery Tor Austad and Jess Miltner; 7. Scale-up evaluations and simulations of mobility control foams for improved oil recovery Fred Wassmuth, Laurier L. Schramm, Karin Mannhardt, and Laurie Hodgins; Part III. Oilwell, Near-Well, and Surface Operations: 8. The use of surfactants in lightweight drilling fluids Todd R. Thomas and Ted M. Wilkes; 10. Surfactants in Athabasca oil slurry conditioning, flotation recovery, and tailings processes Laurier L. Schramm, Elaine N. Stasiuk, and Mike MacKinnon; Part IV. Environmental, Health, and Safety Applications: 11. Surfactant enhanced aquifer remediation Varadarajan Dwarakanath and Gary A. Pope; 12. Use of surfactants for environmental applications Merv Fingas; 13. Toxicity and persistence of surfactants used in the petroleum industry Larry N. Britton; Part V. Glossary and Indexes: 14. Glossary of surfactant terminology Laurier L. Schramm; Author and affiliation indexes.

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