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dc.contributor.authorIglauer, Stefan
dc.contributor.authorWu, Y.
dc.contributor.authorShuler, P.
dc.contributor.authorTang, Y.
dc.contributor.authorGoddard, W.
dc.identifier.citationIglauer, Stefan and Wu, Yongfu and Shuler, Patrick and Tang, Yongchun and Goddard III, William A. 2009. Alkyl polyglycoside surfactant-alcohol cosolvent formulations for improved oil recovery. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physiochemical and Engineering Aspects. 339 (1-3): pp. 48-59.

We examine here the suitability of alkyl polyglycosides (APG) for improved oil recovery (IOR) applications. In recent years, these nonionic carbohydrate-based surfactants have become a significant commercial product (80,000 tons/year) with widespread use in household and agricultural products. Our laboratory study determined several characteristics of common APG surfactant formulations, in particular their capability to create low interfacial tensions (IFT) with n-alkane hydrocarbons. Our formulations included a wide range of alcohol cosurfactants with APG surfactants. We found APG–cosurfactant combinations that exhibit low IFT values of 0.01 mN/m or less versus n-octane. Our laboratory tests confirmed these APG formulations can provide useful IFT properties that are largely independent of both salinity and temperature. We report a coreflood test conducted on a Berea sandstone core using a selected formulation that exhibits oil recovery as high as 85% IOIP.

dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.subjectAlkyl polyglycoside
dc.subjectEnhanced oil recovery
dc.subjectAlcohol cosolvents
dc.subjectUltra-low interfacial tension
dc.titleAlkyl polyglycoside surfactant-alcohol cosolvent formulations for improved oil recovery
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleColloids and Surfaces A - Physiochemical and Engineering Aspects
curtin.departmentDepartment of Petroleum Engineering
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