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Reducing the Viscosity of Crude Oil by Pulsed Electric or Magnetic Field

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A method with pulsed electric or magnetic field to reduce the viscosity of crude oil is developed. Specifically, for paraffin-base crude oil, a magnetic field pulse can effectively reduce its viscosity for several hours, while, for asphalt-base crude oil or mixed-base crude oil, an electric field pulse can do the same. The method does not change the temperature of the crude oil; instead, it temporary aggregates paraffin particles or asphaltene particles inside the crude oil into large ones. This particle aggregation changes the rheological property of the crude oil and leads to the viscosity reduction. While this viscosity reduction is not permanent, it is suitable for many important applications, such as oil transport via deepwater pipelines, since it lasts for several hours and is repeatable.

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... Applying a high-voltage electric field to waxy oils can effectively improve the cold flowability, with the viscosity and yield stress reduced significantly Huang et al., 2021a;2021b;Li et al., 2019;Ma et al., 2017Ma et al., , 2019Tao and Tang, 2014;Tao and Xu, 2006). In 2006, Tao and Xu (2006) first proposed a method with which the viscosity of the tested oil was reduced by more than 80% by exposing the oil to an electric field parallel to its flow direction. ...
... Applying a high-voltage electric field to waxy oils can effectively improve the cold flowability, with the viscosity and yield stress reduced significantly Huang et al., 2021a;2021b;Li et al., 2019;Ma et al., 2017Ma et al., , 2019Tao and Tang, 2014;Tao and Xu, 2006). In 2006, Tao and Xu (2006) first proposed a method with which the viscosity of the tested oil was reduced by more than 80% by exposing the oil to an electric field parallel to its flow direction. found that viscosity reduction can also be achieved by imposing an electric field perpendicular to the flow direction of crude oil. ...
... Up to now, there are mainly three viewpoints about the mechanism of the electrorheological effect of waxy oil, i.e., alignment of suspended particles along the streamline (Tao and Tang, 2014;Tao and Xu, 2006), wax particle aggregation Ma et al., 2017;Xie et al., 2020), and interfacial polarization . However, the first two views cannot explain the electrorheological behaviors observed in waxy oil gels and substantial viscosity reduction Huang et al., 2021b;Li et al., 2019). ...
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Applying an electric field to waxy oil may significantly improve its cold flowability. Our previous study has demonstrated that the accumulation of asphaltenes and resins on the surface of wax particles, i.e., interfacial polarization of wax particles, is the essential mechanism of this electrorheological phenomenon. The influence of asphaltenes concentration on the performance of the electrical treatment has been studied. In this paper, the influence of the concentration of resins, the most abundant non-hydrocarbon component in crude oil, on electrically-treated waxy oil's viscosity and impedance was investigated for the first time by using model oils containing resins in the concentration range of 0.05 wt% - 5.00 wt%. It is found that the effect of resins concentration on viscosity and impedance is not monotonous, with both the viscosity reduction and impedance increment induced by the electric field decreased first and then increased with increasing resins concentration at a given amount of precipitated wax. Increasing the polarity of resins would alleviate the viscosity reduction and impedance increment. This work further demonstrates that resins accumulation on the wax particles surface does occur.
... The viscosity of oil decreases at higher temperatures and as a result of electrochemically enhanced reactions that facilitate conversion of heavier hydrocarbons to lighter ones [1]. Recent studies on the viscosity reduction of paraffin, waxy base and asphaltic base crude oil samples showed that the dependence on the electric treatment is more complex and also depends on the oil composition and time of exposure to electric field [11,12,18,[22][23][24][25]. For example, the oil viscosity decreased due to the radiation of 500 W electromagnetic waves and has become lower by 18.9 % than the initial value after cooling to the room temperature [11]. ...
... For example, the oil viscosity decreased due to the radiation of 500 W electromagnetic waves and has become lower by 18.9 % than the initial value after cooling to the room temperature [11]. On the other hand, kinetic viscosity of asphaltic-base crude oil sample decreased by about 15% after applying DC for 8 s or AC of 100 Hz but returned to its original value after 8 h [23]. ...
... The viscosity of paraffin-base crude oil is reduced under the action of a magnetic field pulse, while the viscosity of the asphalt-base crude oil is reduced under the action of electric field pulse. This is because the asphalt is much less sensitive to the magnetic field than paraffin [23]. For a different type of paraffin-base oil, however, the viscosity is reduced substantially in a couple of seconds after the electric field was applied [18]. ...
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... Effect of Electric Pulse Method. It was found by Tao and Xu (2006) that by the application of an electric pulse method, the viscosity of asphaltene-rich crude oil can effectively be reduced. The pulsing led to temporary aggregation of the asphaltene particles in the crude oil which contributed to the crude oil viscosity reduction. ...
... The pulsing led to temporary aggregation of the asphaltene particles in the crude oil which contributed to the crude oil viscosity reduction. 132 4.1.6. Streaming Potentials. ...
... 151 The application of an electric field may lead to asphaltene aggregation and/or precipitation, which may contribute to changes of the rheological properties of the crude oil and oil− water interface. 132 The magnitude of the electric field and type of electrodes was also found to play an important role during the separation of asphaltene-stabilized emulsions. Mohammadian et al. (2018) developed an electrical demulsification device where the crude oil/water (O/W) emulsion was placed between the two electrodes, and a direct current was applied to the system. ...
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... Over the last decades, the non-conventional magnetic and electric technologies have shown to be effective in reducing viscosity and flow turbulence (mainly when using waxy crude oils) [18], showing lower energetic and economic costs. Several studies have concluded that the magnetic field may reduce viscosity and modify wax crystallization mechanisms of waxy crude oils without affecting their thermodynamic equilibrium [19][20][21][22][23]. It has also been reported that magnetic fields influence the resinous-asphaltic fraction [21,24] and can even modify the rheology due to the presence of paramagnetic ions in the water phase [25]. ...
... It has also been reported that magnetic fields influence the resinous-asphaltic fraction [21,24] and can even modify the rheology due to the presence of paramagnetic ions in the water phase [25]. Some researchers have explained that the magnetic/electric fields improve the flow properties by induction of an anisotropic viscosity, which is the result of aggregation phenomena of the colloidal phase [18,20,26,27]. In contrast, other authors have described the influence of magnetic fields as promoters of disaggregation [22,23]. ...
... It should be highlighted that the crude oil samples without NPs did not show any type of rheological alteration under the presence of a magnetic field, contrary to those reported by other researchers [19,20,25]. However, in the presence of magnetic NPs and magnetic fields, both heavy crude oil-ferrofluid models showed a magnetoviscous effect. ...
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... There are two kinds of theories for describing the influence of the magnetic field in electromagnetic synergistic dehydration: (1) Magnetization theory, it considers that the magnetic field can significantly change density, viscosity, surface tension and other physical properties of a single phase or emulsions [10][11][12][13]. The experimental results show that the viscosity and rheology of crude oil can be changed by the magnetic field [10,[14][15][16][17][18][19]. ...
... There are two kinds of theories for describing the influence of the magnetic field in electromagnetic synergistic dehydration: (1) Magnetization theory, it considers that the magnetic field can significantly change density, viscosity, surface tension and other physical properties of a single phase or emulsions [10][11][12][13]. The experimental results show that the viscosity and rheology of crude oil can be changed by the magnetic field [10,[14][15][16][17][18][19]. (2) Lorentz force theory, it considers that non-conductive dispersed particles can be separated by the synergistic action of an electric field and magnetic field [20], the charged continuous phase is directed by Lorentz force, and the dispersed phase is concentrated and separated by squeezing force caused by the movement of the continuous phase [21,22]. ...
... Moreover, there is not a unified understanding of magnetization theory. Tao et al. [10,23,24] considered that magnetic (or electric) field treatment aggregates asphaltene (or paraffin) particles inside crude oil into larger particles, which reduces the viscosity of crude oil. Loskutova et al. [19] found that the recovery time of paramagnetic and antioxidant properties of magnetized crude oil was the same as that of rheological properties. ...
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... It has been reported that for some waxy crude oils, the viscosity near the pour point can be reduced by more than 80% and the yield stress reduction rate can be up to 90%, while the energy consumption is only 1% of the heating energy consumption for the same viscosity reduction rate. 94−98 In 2006, Tao and Xu 94 reported the possibility of using pulsed electric or magnetic fields to modify the crude oil. The team reported years later that for light waxy crude oil at a pour point of −4°C, WAT of 12.5°C, and density of 855 kg/m 3 , an electric field of 1.6 kV/mm applied at 1°C above the pour point and along the flow direction of the crude oil could achieve 82.1% viscosity reduction. ...
... The essential reason is that the mechanism of viscosity reduction by magnetization of crude oil is still controversial. Tao,94,112 Homayuni,113 and Chen 114 and their co-workers concluded that whether it is pulsed magnetization or permanent magnet magnetization, the magnetic field reduces the viscosity of the system by enhancing the intermolecular dispersion force, leading to the agglomeration of solid particles in the crude oil and increasing the polydispersity of the system. However, Jiang et al. 115 used terahertz time-domain spectroscopy to demonstrate that the treatment with magnetic fields decondensed the solid particles in the crude oil as determined by characterizing the reduction of the extinction coefficient ( Figure 12). ...
... The reaction products are low solubility surface-active carboxylates, analogous to a surfactant [161]. The magnitude of interfacial tension reduction is reported to be proportional to the applied electric potential [162]. The viscous dragging of oil requires coupling of the oil mass with the water through an interface, similar to the diffuse double layer (DDL) of clay that gives rise to electrokinetic potential. ...
... Considering such a process [141] on the four functional group fractions of the crude oil, SARA (i.e., Saturates, Aromatics, Resins, and Asphaltenes), it is expected that the asphaltene and resin content of the oil decrease and the aromatic content increase, as the viscosity of the oil decrease. Reduction in the oil viscosity under applied electric field has been reported in the literature [153,154,161,162]. The less viscous oil has higher mobility in soil or rock formation pores, hence easier to extract. ...
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... Recently, Tao et al. proposed a novel electric field-based method for the reduction of viscosity of flowing crude oil [6]. They found that the application of a strong electric field along the flow direction can lead to significant viscosity reduction of the flowing oil, with a viscosity reduction of up to 80% achieved and the viscosity remaining below that of the original oil for more than 24 h [7]. ...
... Compared with the apparatus used in the previous work [6,12,18], this device has the advantage of applying the electric field and performing rheological tests simultaneously, eliminating potential experimental artifacts due to non-instantaneous transfer of oil samples from the electric treatment cell to the rheometer [7,12,18,19]. ...
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... Based on their observations, thermal conductivity of water lowered by 16%, and its surface tension, decreased by 18% [31]. Other fluids such as blood and paraffin can also be affected by a magnetic field, as well [32][33][34]. Magnetic J o u r n a l P r e -p r o o f 9 treatment of water is environmentally friendly in view of the fact that it reduces the use of harmful chemicals in the environment [35]. ...
... Another mechanism behind the resulted reduction of stability could be related to the rheology change of fluids. Applying a magnetic field to reservoir fluids leads to change in their rheological properties and reduces crude oil viscosity [33,47]. Lower viscosity of crude oil, the continuous phase, results in a faster rate of two emulsion breakage mechanisms, namely creaming and sedimentation, which are prerequisites for the coalescence mechanism. ...
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... Figure 6, it is also observed that the O 2 emission will decrease when the engine load increases. This result is supported by Tao (2006) who, in his research, found that oil viscosity will decrease as the engine rotates faster. This decrease in viscosity indicates a bond weakening between molecules, which results in an increase of reaction between the HC molecules and O 2 . ...
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... Downhole, this helps avoid the build-up of wax deposits and agglomeration by polarizing the wax molecules in a flow-direction orientation. Wax crystals' agglomeration is disrupted by magnetic field techniques, which modify the kinetics of precipitated wax and make it more difficult for wax to precipitate and develop into larger crystals [19][20][21]. The MFC method had no effect on the WAT, but it did increase the crude oil's viscosity, according to research. ...
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... Under the electric field, it is revealed that the aggregation of suspended crystal particles into chains should be responsible for the weakness of crystal network (Tao et al. 2014). Similarly, the suspended crystal particles aggregate and lead to the decrease in waxy crude oil viscosity when applying a pulsed magnetic field (Rosensweig 1996;Tao and Xu 2006). However, the modification effect of magnetic field is selective which is not only related to the properties of crude oil, but also depended on the metal ions (Mn 2+ , Sr 2+ , Br − ) and water content in crude oil (Gonçalves et al. 2010;Gonçalves et al. 2011;Shliomis and Morozov 1994). ...
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... The conventional method for improving cold flowability of waxy oil is the pour-point-depressants (PPDs) modification [6,7]. Recently, it is reported that applying an electric field to a flowing liquid oil can significantly reduce its viscosity [8]. This viscosity reduction effect can be maintained for several hours after the removal of the electric field, and it is repeatable, i.e., viscosity reduction can be achieved repeatedly by applying the electric field again and again. ...
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