Tag Archives: emulsions

Best Practice For Inline Particle Size Characterization

 Chemists, engineers, and biologists are often challenged by processes involving particle or droplet systems. Solid or liquid dispersion, homogenization, agglomeration, or precipitation can create variability in product stability and manufacturing throughput. To develop and manufacture world class products at competitive costs, scientists and engineers use inline particle size measurements to optimize process conditions and consistently meet product quality specifications, at the bench or in manufacturing. Continue reading

Petrophase XIII International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling

I attended the Petrophase XIII International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling held from June 10 – 14, 2012 in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.   Continue reading

How to Control Emulsions, Suspensions, & Crystallization in Dark Crude Oil

Emulsions, Suspensions, and Crystallization in Dark Crude OilNormally, hydrocarbon pipeline flow is a complex multi-phase system comprised of bubbles, droplets, and particles including asphaltenes, waxes, gas hydrates, emulsions, and inorganic particles. To control separations, flow, and process efficiency analytical measurements are often applied by petroleum engineers and chemists. Yet extreme temperature and pressure conditions make offline sampling and analysis difficult and time consuming. Offline measurements can also alter or destroy multiphase components and cannot be applied to make real-time process optimization and control decisions. Continue reading

How To Optimize Flow Assurance and Separations In the Petroleum Industry

Recently, I was reviewing an interesting presentation Asphaltenes, Waxes, Emulsions, and Oil Supensions: Inline Particle and Droplet Measurement.  This discusses how particles and droplets cause problems in pipeline flow, with special focus on flow assurance optimization using:

  • Methane gas hydrates
  • Oil-water emulsions
  • Asphaltene precipitates/wax crystallization
  • Sand-water separations

If you are interested in additional ideas on how to measure particle and droplet distributions in dark crude oil or dense drilling fluids, you may want to view this presentation on flow assurance.