Molecular dynamics simulations were performed to study the bulk and interfacial properties of methane + n-decane, carbon dioxide + n-decane, and methane + carbon dioxide + n-decane systems under geological conditions. In addition, theoretical calculations using the predictive Peng-Robinson equation of state and density gradient theory are carried out to compare with the simulation data. A key finding is the preferential dissolution in the decane-rich phase and adsorption at the interface for carbon dioxide from the methane/carbon dioxide mixture. In general, both the gas solubility and the swelling factor increase with increasing pressure and decreasing temperature. Interestingly, the methane solubility and the swelling of the methane + n-decane system are not strongly influenced by temperature. Our results also show that the presence of methane increases the interfacial tension (IFT) of the carbon dioxide + n-decane system. Typically, the IFT of the studied systems decreases with increasing pressure and temperature. The relatively higher surface excess of the carbon dioxide + n-decane system results in a steeper decrease in its IFT as a function of pressure. Such systematic investigations may help to understand the behavior of the carbon dioxide-oil system in the presence of impurities such as methane for the design and operation of carbon capture and storage and enhanced oil recovery processes.
Bibliographical noteKAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): Award No. 2993. N.C.
Acknowledgements: This publication is partly based upon work supported by the KAUST Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) under Award No. 2993. N.C., M.F.A.C.R., and A.K.N.N. would like to thank computational support from KAUST.