Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Barium Sulphate Precipitation in Seawater

In oil recovery, seawater is injected into the reservoir to maintain oil pressure. The seawater contains sulphate and the water in the oil formation often contains high concentrations of barium ions. As a result, insoluble barite forms an unwanted precipitate that blocks production tubing in off-shore oil-fields. In this project, we study the nucleation and crystal growth process of barite in seawater through molecular dynamics simulations. These simulations will provide insight for the design of more efficient inhibitors and dissolvers.

Supervisor name: 
Dr. Ali Ozel
Supervisor and Deputy email addresses: 
a.ozel@hw.ac.uk

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Project location: 
James Nasmyth Building, JN2.18