University of Alberta · Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Optical Contact Angle Goniometer
University of Alberta scientists polished the end pieces of Montney Formation core plugs to get smooth surfaces for measuring liquid-liquid
contact angle (CA) on oil-saturated end pieces by using a high-resolution camera. For CA measurement a contact angle goniometer was used.
The oil-saturated end piece is placed into a glass cell which is filled with the fluid sample, then an oil droplet is dropped by a J-shape
syringe needle on the rock surface.
Table 2 lists the measured contact angles of an oil droplet on the surface of oil-saturated end pieces which were immersed into different aqueous
fluids. From Table 2, the oil droplet CA ranges between 94° and 108° in fresh water, which indicates that the oil-saturated rock is initially
oil-wet in reservoir brine.
For fresh water with different concentrations of nanoActiv® HRT and nanoActiv® EFT, the oil droplet CA is very low, indicating
that the oil-saturated rock surface is highly water-wet after exposure to the nanoparticles.
|Relative density (g/cc)
|Absolute density (kg/m3)
|Surface tension (mN/m)
|Total sulphur (mass percent) ASTM D4294
Wettability affects relative permeability, electrical properties, nuclear magnetic resonance relaxation times, and saturation profiles in the
reservoir. The wetting state impacts waterflooding and aquifer encroachment into a reservoir.
Based on the CA measurement results, it is clear nanoActiv® HRT and nanoActiv® EFT change the wettability of oil-saturated
rock surface making it more water-wet. Treatments that change the wettability of the formation from oil-wet to water-wet can significantly
||Contact angle of oil droplet on oil-saturated rock surface
|Fresh water with HRT (5 Wt%)
|Fresh water with HRT (10 Wt%)
|Fresh water with EFT (0.5 GPT)
|Fresh water with EFT (1 GPT)
*Fresh water contact angle was measured at 60 minutes.
||Interfacial Tension (mN/m)
|with HRT (5 Wt%)
|with HRT (10 Wt%)
|with EFT (0.5 GPT)
|with EFT (1 GPT)
The interfacial tension between oil and different aqueous fluids were also measured by a spinning drop tensiometer.
Oil recovery factor vs. time for twin core plugs immersed in brine and nanoActiv® solution. Adding nanoActiv® in water significantly increases oil recovery rate and the final recovery factor.
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