Wax precipitation may occur in production or transportation of crude oil form field which is a serious problem in petroleum industry. Flow assurance issues concerning wax precipitation make it necessary to develop a precise thermodynamic model to predict the wax appearance temperature and amount of precipitation at different conditions. In this work a new procedure has been proposed to characterize crude oil based on the SARA test considering the wax and asphaltene as single pseudo components. Two scenarios have been chosen for the survey of the crude oil characterization, with and without asphaltene pseudo component. Also, in this work, the Perturbed Chain form of the Statistical Associating Fluid Theory, PC-SAFT, has been developed to evaluate its ability for modeling of wax precipitation prediction. It is demonstrated that the developed PC-SAFT model can correlate the wax precipitation amount better than basic models (multiple solid and solid solution) typically used in the industry. The results obtained with the proposed model show a remarkable matching with the experimental data for wax precipitation values. The obtained results are very promising in providing better approach to model wax precipitation.
Papers presented to the 12th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Costa de Sol, Spain on 11-13 July 2016.