Characterizing the Effect of Scale Inhibitors on Surfaces

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Inorganic scaling imposes a significant economic burden on the oil industry. Scale management protocols typically involve the use of chemical inhibitors. Most traditional methods of investigating scale formation and inhibitor performance do not provide insights into the exact mechanisms at play. However, understanding these mechanisms is critical to designing optimal mitigation interventions. We investigate BaSO4 scale formation in flow and batch experiments in the presence of a commercial inhibitor. For the first time, we apply sensitive texture parameters to characterize scale formation in the presence of chemical inhibitors. We analyzed effluent concentrations in the bulk phase using an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) technique, performed high-resolution X-ray CT scans of the surface deposits, and applied scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging. We used advanced image analysis to characterize how chemical inhibitors affect the overall deposition rate. We show the impact of time and inhibitor concentrations on corrosion processes. Copyright: SPE

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSPE International Conference on Oilfield Chemistry
Number of pages9
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
Publication date2023
Article numberSPE-213830-MS
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-61399-874-8
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventSPE International Conference on Oilfield Chemistry - The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, The Woodlands, United States
Duration: 28 Jun 202329 Jun 2023


ConferenceSPE International Conference on Oilfield Chemistry
Location The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityThe Woodlands
SeriesProceedings - SPE International Symposium on Oilfield Chemistry


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