Polymer Optimisation- Shear Thinning or Thickening?


  • Gloria Gyanfi KNUST
  • Wilberforce Nkrumah Aggrey kNUST
  • Ernest Ansah Owusu KNUST
  • Kofi Ohemeng Prempeh KNUST




polymer, polymer optimisation, completion, shear thinning, shear thickening


With most polymers employed in polymer enhanced oil recovery exhibiting one or both non-Newtonian behaviours that is shear thickening and thinning at different shear rate, it is expedient to analyse the impact of these non-Newtonian behaviours in polymer optimisation. CMG simulation suite was employed to analyse the permeability pinch-out formation with a five (5) spot injection well pattern for a 360days simulation run using a 90days polymer injection well cycling. Shear thinning polymer was found not to be conducive for lower permeable formation as a high percentage of the polymer was retained. NPV was affected by polymer injection rate which controlled polymer optimisation

Author Biographies

Gloria Gyanfi, KNUST

Lecturer, petroleum engineering

Wilberforce Nkrumah Aggrey, kNUST


Ernest Ansah Owusu, KNUST


Kofi Ohemeng Prempeh, KNUST



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How to Cite

Gyanfi, G., Aggrey, W. N., Owusu, E. A., & Prempeh, K. O. (2019). Polymer Optimisation- Shear Thinning or Thickening?. Asian Journal of Applied Sciences, 7(4). https://doi.org/10.24203/ajas.v7i4.5808