Title: Wetting of alkanes on water
Authors: Bertrand, E ×
Bonn, D
Broseta, D
Dobbs, H
Indekeu, Joseph
Meunier, J
Ragil, K
Shahidzadeh, N #
Issue Date: 2002
Series Title: Journal of petroleum science & engineering vol:33 issue:1-3, Sp. Iss. SI pages:217-222
Conference: date:Inst Francais Petr, F-92852 Rueil Malmaison, France; Ecole Normale Super, Lab Phys Stat, F-75231 Paris 05, France; Katholieke Univ Leuven, Vaste Stof Fys & Magnetisme Lab, B-3001 Heverlee, Belgium
Abstract: The wetting behavior of oil on water (or brine) has important consequences for the transport properties of oil in water-containing porous reservoirs, and consequently for oil recovery. The equilibrium wetting behavior of model oils composed of pure alkanes or alkane mixtures on brine is reviewed in this paper. Intermediate between the partial wetting state, in which oil lenses coexist on water with a thin film of adsorbed alkane molecules, and the complete wetting state, in which a macroscopically thick oil layer covers the water, these systems display a third, novel wetting state, in which oil lenses coexist with a mesoscopic (a few-nanometers-thick) oil film. The nature and location of the transitions between these wetting regimes depend on oil and brine compositions, temperature and pressure. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 0920-4105
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Solid State Physics and Magnetism Section
× corresponding author
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