Asphaltene Flocculation Inhibition with Ultrasonic Wave Radiation: A Detailed Experimental Study of the Governing Mechanisms
More detailed studiesrevealed that during radiation timetwo main mechanisms are active in asphaltenic crude oil: asphaltene particles disintegration and formation of asphaltene particles. Based on asphaltene content analysis, the optimum radiation time can be defined as the time at which the two mechanisms have an equal rate. The optimum radiation times are observed to be in the same time range in different tests. According to the results obtained, ultrasonic wave technology can be a potential method of flocculation inhibition and can have extensive industrial application.
Key words: Ultrasonic; Asphaltene; Flocculation inhibition
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