Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Experimental Investigation of Iron Control Systems Used in Fracking and Well Stimulation Fluids at higher pH
by Nigus, Tsegaye, M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2014, 72; 1592418
Abstract (Summary)

This experiment was designed to study iron control systems in fracking and well stimulation jobs at higher pH. Experimental study of iron control at high pH of this kind has not previously been reported in the literature. In addition, almost all of the widely used iron control chemicals today work at lower pH (≤4).

In this experiment, newly enhanced chemicals, such as EnerFlow 780, SC803, EDTA, Poly Itaconic acid, and TN801 were used and the following new result were found. In the absence of iron control chemicals, iron precipitation occurred at pH of 1.85 and completely precipitated at 3.5. SC803 has shown a very unique characteristic. The chelating characteristic of this product increases with pH. At lower pH (≤4), this product has shown weaker performance in curbing iron precipitation. Only 37% (average) initial iron was prevented from precipitating at this pH. However, when the pH was increased to above 4, its sequestering characteristic became more and more until it reached pH 13. Minimum precipitation was observed at pH of 11 & 12, which are 4.3% and 4.7%, respectively. Furthermore, SC803 was observed to cause unforeseen yellowish iron precipitation at lower pH.

TN801, a blend of SC803, EDTA and Poly Itaconic acid, showed the best result of the all the individual chemicals tested. It effectively curbed an average of 96% iron precipitation in all pH less than 13. EDTA and Poly Itaconic acid were added to enhance the performance of SC803 at lower pH. The result showed 86.8% maximum enhancement at lower pH and 0.3% at higher pH. TN801 was also able to dissolve 50% of crystalline iron sulfide, despite the fact that it is insoluble in nature. Furthermore, TN801 was tested on field and the anticipated result was achieved.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boukadi, Fathi
Commitee: Guo, Boyun, Salehi, Saeed
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Petroleum Engineering
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 54/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Engineering, Petroleum engineering
Keywords: Fracking, Iron control, Stimulation
Publication Number: 1592418
ISBN: 978-1-321-87479-2
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