360 pages | 32 Color Illus. | 150 B/W Illus.
As global consumption of fossil fuels such as oil increases, previously abundant sources have become depleted or plagued with obstructions. Asphaltene deposition is one of such obstructions which can significantly decrease the rate of oil production. This book offers concise yet thorough coverage of the complex problem of asphaltene precipitation and deposition in oil production. It covers fundamentals of chemistry, stabilization theories and mechanistic approaches of asphaltene behavior at high temperature and pressure. Asphaltene Deposition: Fundamentals, Prediction, Prevention, and Remediation explains techniques for experimental determination of asphaltene precipitation and deposition and different modeling tools available to forecast the occurrence and magnitude of asphaltene deposition in a given oil field. It discusses strategies for mitigation of asphaltene deposition using chemical inhibition and corresponding challenges, best practices for asphaltene remediation, current research, and case studies.
"The first book I’ve seen that discusses key variables in asphaltene deposition and the short comings and misunderstandings arising from the test procedures. This text also discusses modeling and prediction of the amount of asphaltenes at a given set of conditions which is key to modelling deposition. Chapter 8 giving working examples relevant to engineering for asphaltene deposition is truly unique."
—Jefferson Creek,Letton Hall Group, Houston, Texas, USA
"The Table of Contents covers the relevant topics of Asphaltene Deposition and the sample chapters reflect up to date work on the respective subjects that are covered. The book should be of interest to researchers who work on asphaltenes and to lecturers in graduate courses like the one I give regularly on: Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels."
— Peter Seidl, Universidade Federal Do Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
"Asphaltene Deposition: Fundamentals, Prediction, Prevention, and Remediation is a comprehensive and important new resource. The editors, with years of experience in this area, have compiled some of the latest developments on asphaltene characterization and properties, experiments and modeling, precipitation and prevention, field applications and future trends in nine chapters. This book is an invaluable resource for those working in the petroleum production and processing industry, and I recommend it to every practicing engineer as well as researchers and scientists working in the field."
— M. R. Riazi, AIChE Fellow, P.Eng., Professor of Chemical Engineering, Montreal, Canada
"This book presents a comprehensive review of the latest research on asphaltene precipitation and deposition. It examines both the experimental methods that are used in the lab, the theoretical models that are useful in extending the laboratory experiments to the field, and case studies of actual field experience. The book will interest petroleum engineers and chemists who want to be aware of fundamentals of asphaltene behavior and the most current research results. "
--Murray Gray, University of Alberta
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Crude Oil and Asphaltene Characterization
Chapter 3 Experimental Investigation of Asphaltene Precipitation
Chapter 4 Asphaltene Precipitation Modeling
Chapter 5 Experimental Determination of Asphaltene Deposition
Chapter 6 Modeling Methods for Prediction of Asphaltene Deposition
Chapter 7 Strategies for Mitigation and Remediation of Asphaltene Deposition
Chapter 8 Case Studies and Field Applications
Chapter 9 Conclusions, Current Research, and Future Directions