Low-temperature flowability characteristic of waxy crude

  • Chen Jun  (陈俊)
  • Zhang Jin-jun  (张劲军)Email author
  • Li Hong-ying  (李鸿英)


Viscosity variation with temperature was measured by temperature scanning procedures in a coaxial cylinder viscometer. An eigen-temperature is found in viscosity-temperature chart generated from the temperature sweep experiment. It is the temperature corresponding to the maximum value of the curvature of a non-dimensional viscosity-temperature chart. The experimental results show that the eigen-temperature varies linearly with shear rate and cooling rate. Eigen-temperatures decrease either with decreasing the shear rate or with increasing the cooling rate. The eigen-temperatures of PPD-beneficiated crudes are more sensitive to the shear and cooling rate than those of virgin crudes. The eigen-temperature of virgin crude is almost equal to its pour point, while the eigen-temperature of PPD-beneficiated crude is much lower than its pour point. This indicates that the eigen-temperature may be applied to assess the flowability of waxy crudes with various shear and thermal histories, and may also provide a new means to evaluate the effect of PPD on the low-temperature flowability of waxy crude.

Key words

waxy crude low-temperature flowability viscosity-temperature chart 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chen Jun  (陈俊)
    • 1
    • 2
  • Zhang Jin-jun  (张劲军)
    • 1
    Email author
  • Li Hong-ying  (李鸿英)
    • 1
  1. 1.Beijing Key Laboratory of Urban Oil and Gas Distribution TechnologyChina University of Petroleum(Beijing)BeijingChina
  2. 2.Beijing Huayou Natural Gas Co. LtdBeijingChina

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