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Viscous Fingering During Heavy-Oil Displacement by Chemical Solutions: Emulsion Instability and Partial-Miscibility
  • Jungin Lee,
  • Jingjing Huang,
  • Tayfun Babadagli
Jungin Lee
University of Alberta
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Jingjing Huang
University of Alberta
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Tayfun Babadagli
University of Alberta
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The viscous fingering morphologies at a particular stage of emulsion displacements are observed to follow similar development patterns as that of the partially-miscible viscous fingering behavior (existent between the commonly studied fully miscible and immiscible systems). Chemically-induced viscous fingering before and after the finger droplet development resembling the partially-miscible fluid behavior is investigated using fractal dimensions and various -classic and modified- dimensionless scaling groups. We demonstrate, through the quantitative analysis using the empirical data collected from our previous experimental study, that the finger droplet formation morphologies observed in partially-miscible injection are indicative of an emulsion hydrodynamic instability behavior. The dominant parameters responsible for such droplet formation and their relationship to fractal dimension and hydrodynamic stability are mapped in a phase diagram with the original experimental images.

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

07 Aug 2020Submitted to AIChE Journal
28 Aug 2020Assigned to Editor
28 Aug 2020Submission Checks Completed
30 Aug 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned