Oil displacement using polymers

  • K. S. Sorbie


Earlier parts of this book have discussed the various aspects of polymer structure, stability, solution behaviour, in-situ rheology and transport in porous media that are relevant to their ultimate task of improving oil recovery. In this chapter, an attempt is made to pull these strands together by describing the main mechanisms of polymer oil displacement processes in reservoir systems. For this purpose, the main multiphase flow equations that may be used in the design and simulation of polymer floods are developed, along with some simpler solutions for certain limiting cases.


Mobility Ratio Polymer Flood Vertical Permeability Polymer Front Sweep Efficiency 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. S. Sorbie
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  1. 1.Department of Petroleum EngineeringHeriot-Watt UniversityEdinburghUK

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