Asphaltenes pp 191-218 | Cite as

Potential of Ultrasonic Generators for Use in Oil Wells and Heavy Crude Oil/Bitumen Transportation Facilities

  • M. R. Islam


Crude oils produced in many parts of the world contain asphaltenes. Asphaltenes are known to deposit in the vicinity of production wells during miscible floods, after acid stimulation, during thermodynamic changes, and in the pipe lines during transportation or during pressure changes in a mature field with an asphaltic crude. Asphaltene deposition leads to production loss and involves expensive corrective measures. This study proposes a new technique for cleaning asphaltenes with an ultrasonic device.


Ultrasonic Treatment Ultrasonic Irradiation Viscosity Reduction Ultrasonic Generator Bubble Point 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. R. Islam
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  1. 1.Department of Geological EngineeringSouth Dakota School of Mines and TechnologyRapid CityUSA

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