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Crude Oil Fouling by Geoffrey Hewitt, Francesco Coletti

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5.2. Thermodynamic and Molecular Modeling

G. Jimenez-Serratos, A. J. Haslam, G. Jackson, E. A. Müller
Despite considerable efforts both from the scientific and the industrial community, most efforts at mitigating both asphaltene precipitation and fouling are based on an empirical and heuristic knowledge. As compared to other fields, such as bioindustry, fine chemicals, or polymers, the fundamental knowledge of the physico-chemical processes associated with oil and gas production is lagging far behind. Much of the fault lies in the current inability to fully characterize the working fluids and the simple impossibility of accounting for a full molecular description of a mixture of tens of thousands of distinct components with wide distributions of ...

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