ICL Innovation, a technology incubator for the ICL group, seeks novel asphaltene inhibitors and asphaltene dispersants for the oil industry. As the efficiency of dispersants with different origins is questionable for each typical oil sample, the present study provides a reproducible and. Dodecyl resorcinol has the best performance at concentration of 50 ppm as an asphaltene dispersant and causes required n-heptane volume increment of 2%.

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Since asphaltene inhibitors prevent precipitation, they are best applied upstream of the location where asphaltene onset pressure occurs, typically asphaltenr.

Help to improve this page What’s this? One major problem is their agglomeration at the water-oil interface of crude oil emulsions. Log in to your subscription Username. The absorption interaction between an asphaltene and an amphiphile molecule natural resin or synthetic additive is considered the most important parameter for the stabilization of asphaltene micelles in crude oil.

Although generally referred to as asphaltene inhibitors by the industrythis class of additives can actually further divided as asphaltene inhibitors and asphaltene dispersants, depending on their mechanisms of preventing asphaltene deposition.

Like asphaltene inhibitors, the performance of asphaltene dispegsant is also specific to the types of oils.

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Del Bianco and F. Please post helpful feedback. Similar effects were observed in squeeze applications of asphaltene dispersants alone or with paraffin inhibitors.

Pillon, “Effect of dispersants and flocculants on the colloidal aphaltene of asphaltene constituents,” Petroleum Science and Engineering 19 AI agents are polymeric resinous materials that stabilize the asphaltenes and prevent destabilization, agglomeration and flocculation of asphaltenes by forming strong association with asphaltene moieties. A thermodynamic model has been proposed for asphaltene inhibition by treating asphaltenes as micelles [ 2 ].


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Asphaltene deposition is a major problem both upstream and downstream in the petroleum industry. Therefore, it is very important to conduct inhibitor screening on the actual crude sample.

Tell us about your innovation. Circulating the dispersant in a tank with heated crude has also dispersed the tarry solid into the oil for sale with normal produced crude. In general asphaltene inhibitors are polymeric chemistries with charged groups that are aimed to function as artificial resins to keep the asphaltenes in solution. Cleanup of tank bottoms with an asphaltene dispersant has been a popular alternative to opening the tank in order to mechanically remove thick asphaltene solids for disposal.

This is partially contributed to the presence of organic acids in the oil. They typically do not show a critical concentration effect and the effectiveness is proportional to the concentration. Food Agro Engineered Materials Biofilm prevention and removal from water based systems Molten salt heat transfer fluid New uses for Bromine ATO alternative as flame retardant synergist Multi-functional brominated biocides Non halogenated flame retardants Dirt Pick Up Resistance DPUR for roof coatings Penetrating aid for asphalt cement Magnesium hydride for hydrogen storage New industrial uses for polyhalite Encapsulation of low mp salts Sulfur-less polymer cross linking agent for asphalt Asphaltene Dispersants for Oil Industry.

AI additives prevent the aggregation of asphaltene molecules, whereas AD additives are usually non-polymeric surfactants.

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Once deposited, asphaltenes pose a multitude of problems for crude oil producers. Peer reviewed only Published between: Therefore, some asphaltene inhibitors can dispresant as asphaltene dispersants.

The technique monitors asphaltene agglomeration while undergoing titration with an incompatible solvent precipitant. As mentioned previously, the asphaltene performance is very oil-specific. Most common ones are xylene and toluene.

Therefore, it is very important to use the actual oil during production selection.


Dispegsant an asphaltene inhibitor contains long alkyl long chains, it can help disperse any formed asphaltene aggregates as well. They have been successfully applied for inhibition dlspersant removal of asphaltene deposits in production equipment. Criteria for dispersant application and selection are discussed, which include the application of a novel laboratory technique to assess asphaltene stabilization in the crude oil.

The method was used to evaluate stabilization of asphaltenes in the crude oil and to screen asphaltene dispersants.

However, some asphaltene inhibitors do now show a critical concentration, but instead show an accumulative effect in reducing the amount of asphaltene precipitation. Did you find what you were looking for?

Some asphaltene inhibitors demonstrate a critical concentration level below which no performance is observed, but once above, it shows a dramatic effect by preventing asphaltene from flocculation. Society of Petroleum Engineers Disciplines 4.

Rock Mechanics Symposium and 5th U. Unlike asphaltene inhibitors, asphaltene dispersants do not prevent asphaltene precipitation but reduce the size of asphaltene particles and keep them in suspension to reduce asphaltene deposition [ 6 ]. Most asphaltene solvents are based on aromatic solvents, sometimes with added enhancers [ 7 ]. For example, continuous or batch downhole treatments prevented deposition in the flowlines and tubing providing increased production disperxant and decreased downtime for many producers.

Sheriff’s Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Geophysics, fourth edition. It has been reported that asphaltene inhibitor performance from lab testing does not necessarily reflect the performance in the field [ 1 ].

Proceedings of an international conference Oceanology: It is well-known that the performance of asphaltene inhibitors are oil-specific.