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Research Article

Equation of State of Crude Oil Samples

Abraham K. George*, Ram N Singh and Sayyadul Arafin
Physics Department, Sultan Qaboos University, P.O. Box 36, Al Khodh 123, Muscat, Oman
Corresponding Author : Abraham K George
Physics Department, Sultan Qaboos University
P.O. Box 36, Al Khodh 123, Muscat, Oman
E-mail: [email protected]
Received October 16, 2013; Accepted November 28, 2013; Published December 06, 2013
Citation: George AK, Singh RN, Arafin S (2013) Equation of State of Crude Oil Samples. J Phylogenetics Evol Biol 4:162. doi:10.4172/2157-7463.1000162
Copyright: © 2013 George AK, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Technological advancement in exploration, refinement and enhanced recovery of hydrocarbon fluids heavily depend upon the thermo-physical properties of these fluids under different temperature and pressure conditions. A direct measurement at in-situ conditions is quite difficult; therefore we have utilized thermodynamic equations to extrapolate these thermo-physical properties at ambient conditions. The basic ingredients are density and ultrasound velocity which we have measured in the laboratory as a function of temperature for light and heavy crude oils procured from different wells of Oman. The densities of the samples were measured as a function of temperature using a precision density meter and the sound velocity using an ultrasound interferometer. To understand the variation of physical properties on mixing we have studied a 50:50 mixture of light and heavy oils. These data, in turn, were used to develop the equation of state. Our computed equation of state conforms reasonably well to the in-situ reservoir conditions.

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