COALESCENCE

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$48,941.00
Award Year:
1986
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
3391
Agency Tracking Number:
3391
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
425 Ne Fenway, Bartlesville, OK, 74006
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
DR. SCOTT R. TAYLOR
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
(918) 333-8122
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
IN ORDER TO RECOVER THE OVER 500 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL THAT CANNOT CURRENTLY BE RECOVERED BY CONVENTIONAL TECHNIQUES, IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO DEVELOP MORE EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE, ECO NOMICAL AND ENVIRONMENTALLY ACCEPTABLE ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY (EOR) METHODS. ONE KEY PROBLEM IS THERAPID, EFFICIENT AND ECONOMICAL CLEANUP OF PROCESS WATER FORREUSE OR DISPOSAL. SUCH PROCESS WATERS ARE OFTEN CONTAMINATED WITH COMPLEX THREE PHASE OIL-WATER-SOLID SUSPENDED PARTICLE/DROPLET SYSTEMS THAT ARE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO SEPARATE BY CURRENT TECHNIQUES. THE OBJECTIVE OF THE PROPOSED PROJECT IS TO DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OFUSING AN ULTRASONIC STANDING WAVE FIELD TO CAUSE COALESENCE OF THE SOLIDS AND EMULSIFIED LIQUID DROPLETS TO ACHIEVE SUCCESSFUL, SIMULTANEOUS SEPARATION OF THE THREE PHASES. THIS WOULD ALLOW AN ENERGY-EFFICIENT SEPARATION AND CLEANUP METHOD AND, IN THE CASE OF EOR PROCESS WATER, WOULD AID IN ALLOWING RECOVERY OF EXISTING OIL CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE FOR USE AND THUS HELP TO REDUCE THE UNITED STATES' DEPENDENCE ONFOREIGN OIL SUPPLIES.

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