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Preparation and characterization of polyacrylamide nanomicrospheres and its profile control and flooding performance

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  • Chuanjin Yao,

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    1. Department of Reservoir Engineering, School of Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum (East China), No. 66 Changjiang West Road, Economic and Technological Development Zone, Qingdao 266580, Shandong, China
    • Department of Reservoir Engineering, School of Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum (East China), No. 66 Changjiang West Road, Economic and Technological Development Zone, Qingdao 266580, Shandong, China
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  • Guanglun Lei,

    1. Department of Reservoir Engineering, School of Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum (East China), No. 66 Changjiang West Road, Economic and Technological Development Zone, Qingdao 266580, Shandong, China
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  • Lei Li,

    1. Department of Reservoir Engineering, School of Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum (East China), No. 66 Changjiang West Road, Economic and Technological Development Zone, Qingdao 266580, Shandong, China
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  • Xuemei Gao

    1. Department of Reservoir Engineering, School of Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum (East China), No. 66 Changjiang West Road, Economic and Technological Development Zone, Qingdao 266580, Shandong, China
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Abstract

In this study, a new profile control and flooding agent “polyacrylamide nanomicrospheres” with particle size of 120–180 nm was prepared by inverse microemulsion polymerization. The viscoelasticity of polyacrylamide nanomicrospheres and the swelling property of polyacrylamide nanomicrospheres in aqueous solution were characterized. Using sand pack models, the profile control and flooding performance of polyacrylamide nanomicrospheres was studied. The results show that the polyacrylamide nanomicrospheres have better elasticity; the polyacrylamide nanomicrospheres have obvious swelling property, which depends on the concentration of NaCl and temperature; the polyacrylamide nanomicrospheres can plug sand pack effectively and have better ability of transporting and plugging in porous media; the polyacrylamide nanomicrospheres prefer to plug high permeability layer selectively so as to increase the swept volume and enhance oil recovery of low permeability layer and low permeability area in high permeability layer; the polyacrylamide nanomicrospheres can enhance oil recovery by 11–14%. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 2013

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