Prediction of Solvent Effect on Asphaltene Precipitation at Reservoir Conditions

Document Type : Research Paper


Chemical Engineering Department, University of Mohaghegh Ardabili, Ardabil, Iran


The aim of the current study is to evaluate the effects of inhibitors or solvents on asphaltene precipitation under reservoir conditions. To this end, the interaction between live oil and solvent, and its side effects on precipitated/dissolved asphaltene were predicted via Miller’s entropy modified polymer solution theory under reservoir conditions. Then, the adjustable parameters of the model were tuned using experimental the data of asphaltene precipitation within a live oil sample. The obtained adjusted parameters were considered to monitor the effects of solvent injection, miscible gas injection, and natural depletion on asphaltene deposition through an oil sample. Finally, Peng-Robinson equation of state was applied to calculate vapor-liquid equilibrium conditions. The results showed that the output of the model was really in good agreement with all experimental, field, and theoretical data.


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