Experimental and Theoretical Studies on the Porous Media Zeta Potential in Mineral Particle Mixtures
- Reza Ghane (University of Tehran) | Mohsen Sadeqi-Mogadam (University of Tehran) | Siavash Riahi (University of Tehran)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering
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- October 2020
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- 2020.Society of Petroleum Engineers
- granular porous media, surface area, zeta potential, particle size, streaming potential
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Numerous studies on electrical potential of particles have proven its wide range of applications in areas such as electrochemistry, geophysics, and hydrology. Because most researchers have only focused on single-type mineral particles, our knowledge about zeta potential is extremely limited, despite the fact that most natural rocks are mixtures of different pure minerals.
In this research, we investigated the zeta potential of mixed samples, made of two pure components with different surface potentials. The ultimate goal is to measure the zeta potential of mixed minerals, existing on different surfaces, and subsequently to evaluate the effect of permeability (capillary radius) on the measured zeta of single-type particles.
The analysis of the obtained results from the samples, made of two different minerals, suggests that there is a linear relationship between zeta potential and the overall area of single-type particles. Furthermore, it indicates that the absolute values of zeta potential, existing in samples of similar types and different sizes, change linearly by varying permeability. Eventually, a simple model is proposed to predict the overall zeta potential based on each component’s zeta. The predictability of the model is also evaluated by conducting a stream potential experiment on porous media of different sizes and types. The model is properly able to predict zeta potential of different mixtures based on the average of surface area and permeability changes.
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