Pereira J.C.,University of Carabobo |
Pereira J.C.,Laboratorio Of Formulacion |
Delgado-Linares J.,Laboratorio Of Formulacion |
Briones A.,Laboratorio Of Formulacion |
And 3 more authors.
Petroleum Science and Technology | Year: 2011
The asphaltene precipitation experiments were studied on El Furrial crude oil from western Venezuela, which is known to exhibit serious instability problems. A Turbiscan backscattering apparatus was used to evaluate the precipitation of asphaltenes with different solvents. The transmittance variation with time was studied as the crude was diluted with heptane, pentane, and cyclohexane. Linear alkanes-containing systems exhibit a two-stage behavior, whereas only one is found when diluting with cyclohexane. Dispersing agents were tested by using the precipitate height as a criterion of effectiveness. Results are reported for ethoxylated nonylphenols and a commercial dispersant. © 2011 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.