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Application of Scheludko–Exerowa thin liquid film technique to studies of petroleum W/O emulsions

Author:
Czarnecki, J., Khristov, Kh., Masliyah, J., Panchev, N., Taylor, S.D., Tchoukov, P.
Source:
Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 2017 v.519 pp. 2-10
ISSN:
0927-7757
Subject:
emulsions, foams, naphthenates, petroleum
Abstract:
This paper is a review of our work with Scheludko–Exerowa thin liquid film—pressure balance technique TLF-PBT, the first systematic application of the technique to petroleum systems. New insights were gained in understanding the behavior of petroleum emulsions. We have observed new phenomena in foam films stabilized with sodium naphthenates: long range foam film stratifications and step-wise film thickening at constant capillary pressure. Our modification of TLF-PBT cell allows probing water-in-oil emulsion films with electrical signal, a new technique to study water-in-oil emulsions.