"Present application of the subsurface combustion processes in the thermal recovery of petroleum afford favorable and opportune methods of providing greater recoveries from petroleum reservoirs. This study attempts to elucidate some of the parameters controlling the complex hydrocarbon oxidation for one such process. The experimental phase consisted of investigating the combustion behavior of eight nonexplosive and one explosive natural gas-air mixtures at low and intermediate pressures. The hydrocarbon was allowed to oxidize by self-ignition under controlled conditions within environments precluding a visible flame type reaction. Progress of the reaction was followed by measuring effluent oxygen content.
Experimental evidence indicate the combustion reactions were inhibited by packing and varying degrees of reaction completion could be obtained through variation of controlling parameters. Effects of increasing reactor pressure permitted a lower oxidation temperature. Initial oxidation temperatures were found to vary from 950 °F at atmospheric pressure to approximately 470 °F at 27.65 atmospheres absolute pressure.
Although data obtained experimentally are not sufficient to permit a rigorous interpretation, nevertheless a qualitative interpretation of parameters controlling natural gas combustion in a porous now system has been presented"--Introduction, page vi.
Govier, John P., 1913-1998
M.S. in Mining Engineering
Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy
vi, 53 pages
© 1959 Roger J. Schoeppel, All rights reserved.
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Thermal oil recovery
Thermal oil recovery -- Mathematical models
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Schoeppel, Roger J., "A preliminary investigation of natural gas combustion as applied to thermal recovery of petroleum" (1959). Masters Theses. 2543.