Magnesite Dissolution Rates Affected by Inlet Flow Velocity and Mineral Spatial Distribution

Open Access
Author:
Follet, Robert Francis
Area of Honors:
Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Li Li, Thesis Supervisor
  • Turgay Ertekin, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Magnesite
  • Dissolution
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Acidizing
  • Chemistry
Abstract:
Magnesite, commonly referred to as magnesium carbonate, is a commonly found mineral in carbonate reservoirs where hydrocarbons are found. The role of magnesite dissolution is important to explore because it can dramatically affect reservoir properties that are directly involved with secondary recovery processes such as matrix acidizing. The goal is to investigate how magnesite dissolution is affected by different distributions of magnesite and different velocities of inlet solution in order to make acidizing more effective in the field. Similar studies have been published on this topic with other carbonate minerals such as calcite and dolomite.