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Energies 2018, 11(11), 3045; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11113045

Molecular Modeling of CO2 and n-Octane in Solubility Process and α-Quartz Nanoslit

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State Key Laboratory of Shale Oil and Gas Enrichment Mechanisms and Effective Development, Beijing 100083, China
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State Energy Center for Shale Oil Research and Development, Beijing 100083, China
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Institute of Porous Flow and Fluid Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Science, Langfang 065007, China
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University of Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100190, China
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School of Energy and Power Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan 430074, China
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Received: 8 September 2018 / Revised: 15 October 2018 / Accepted: 30 October 2018 / Published: 6 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sources)
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Abstract

After primary and secondary oil recovery, CO2-enhanced oil recovery (EOR) has become one of the most mentioned technologies in tertiary oil recovery. Since the oil is confined in an unconventional reservoir, the interfacial properties of CO2 and oil are different from in conventional reservoirs, and play a key role in CO2 EOR. In this study, molecular dynamics simulations are performed to investigate the interfacial properties, such as interfacial tension, minimum miscibility pressure (MMP), and CO2 solubility. The vanishing interfacial tension method is used to get the MMP (~10.8 MPa at 343.15 K) which is in agreement with the reported experimental data, quantitatively. Meanwhile, the diffusion coefficients of CO2 and n-octane under different pressures are calculated to show that the diffusion is mainly improved at the interface. Furthermore, the displacement efficiency and molecular orientation in α-quartz nanoslit under different CO2 injection ratios have been evaluated. After CO2 injection, the adsorbed n-octane molecules are found to be displaced from surface by the injected CO2 and, then, the orientation of n-octane becomes more random, which indicates that and CO2 can enhance the oil recovery and weaken the interaction between n-octane and α-quartz surface. The injection ratio of CO2 to n-octane is around 3:1, which could achieve the optimal displacement efficiency. View Full-Text
Keywords: CO2-enhanced oil recovery; n-octane; α-quartz pore; minimum miscibility pressure; molecular dynamics simulation CO2-enhanced oil recovery; n-octane; α-quartz pore; minimum miscibility pressure; molecular dynamics simulation
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Pu, J.; Qin, X.; Gou, F.; Fang, W.; Peng, F.; Wang, R.; Guo, Z. Molecular Modeling of CO2 and n-Octane in Solubility Process and α-Quartz Nanoslit. Energies 2018, 11, 3045.

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