Review Paper: The Study of Flow Behavior and Performance of Polymer Injection at Pore Scale Using Micromodel
Keywords:Micromodel, Oil Recovery, Polymer Injection
AbstractPolymer injection is one of the Chemical EOR methods to get higher oil recovery by increasing the viscosity of displacing fluid(water), which makes the oil mobility become higher than the mobility of polymer solution. It will result in better oil sweep efficiency due to the front stability and reduction of viscous fingering effect. Therefore, polymers are used to overcome the problem of viscous fingering that occurs in water flooding. However, the implementation of polymer injection on a field scale needs a previous experimental study to analyze the performance and flow behavior of polymer injection in obtaining polymer and its parameters that can give optimum oil recovery. In the experimental study, a micromodel is used in order to visualize the flow behavior of polymer injection clearly. If within the experimental study, we already got the optimum polymer and its parameters, then a pilot test can be conducted. In this case, a pilot test is a trial test of a project that is conducted on a particular well or reservoir to find out whether the project is profitable or not, where if the project is successful, polymer injection can be implemented on a field scale. This review paper will deeply discuss the factors that can affect the performance of polymer injection in oil recovery at the pore scale by using micromodel.
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