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Compositional changes of diamondoid distributions caused by simulated evaporative fractionation
- Chakhmakhchev, Alexander, Sanderson, Joanne, Pearson, Catherine, Davidson, Nyamaman
- Organic geochemistry 2017 v.113 pp. 224-228
- fractionation, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, gases, migratory behavior
- We simulate and observe the effects of vertical migration on diamondoid composition for a single-phase fluid. A SGS Mini-PVT™ phase behavior cell was used to simulate upward migration of a condensate through multi-stacked reservoirs. PVT cell pressure was reduced from 4000psi to 1000psi in 1000psi increments. At each pressure reduction step, the liquid phase of the condensate dropped out and samples were collected of both the liquid and gas phases. The liquid hydrocarbons were analyzed using GC and GC–MS to evaluate phase fractionation effects. The absolute and relative concentrations of diamondoids indicate that measurable compositional changes accompany simulated vertical migration.