The Stabilization of Asphaltenes in Different Crude Fractions: A Molecular Approach

The conditions of petroleum extraction may allow asphaltenes to precipitate, causing deposition that clogs wells, pipes and equipment, consequently reducing productivity. In this work, the solubility parameters and precipitation onset of polar fractions of heavy crudes from Brazilian fields were estimated using a simplified system of n-heptane/toluene mixtures. Asphaltenes were extracted by two different methods with regard to pressure and temperature. The samples were physically and chemically characterized, and both density (1053-1159 kg m-3) and molecular weight (1176-5316 g mol-1) were est...

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