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Quantification of Microemulsion Systems Using Low-Field T1-Weighted Imaging

Abstract : Applied to Enhanced Oil Recovery, microemulsions are valuable systems for extracting the crude oil trapped by capillary forces in the porous reservoir rocks. The performances of the injected formulations are often assessed by quantifying oil composition in model systems that contain relatively high amount of surfactant/co-surfactant. Recently, the question of representativity of such systems was raised because kinetics aspects and complexity of crude were neglected in model systems and are likely to impact the process efficiency. The current quantification techniques limit the characterization of representative model systems as they are destructive, time consuming and not often applicable to dark or opaque systems. In the original aim to provide a quantitative kinetic study of such microemulsions, we propose a high resolution T1-weighted imaging technique to have access to 1D-composition profiles of co-surfactant, oil and brine in Winsor I, Winsor III and Winsor II microemulsions. The analysis is carried out on model systems at equilibrium for proof of concept. Results are correlated with X-Ray Micro-CT experiments to provide better interpretations and assess the method accuracy. We provide conditions of validity of the developed NMR method and discuss its potential limitations. To a larger extent, the method could be of interest to other applications that use similar systems.
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Herrera Delphine, Thibaud Chevalier, Marc Fleury, Christine Dalmazzone. Quantification of Microemulsion Systems Using Low-Field T1-Weighted Imaging. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Elsevier, 2021, 83, pp.160-168. ⟨10.1016/j.mri.2021.08.002⟩. ⟨hal-03355975⟩



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