Molecular dynamics simulation of waxy deposition in crude oil system

K Wang and B Peng and RN Zhao and HM Xu and F Yan, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MODERN PHYSICS B, 35, 2150246 (2021).

DOI: 10.1142/S0217979221502465

Understanding the phase transition and deposition behavior of crude oil system with waxy is of great significance to ensure the safe production and transportation of oil. In this paper, molecular dynamics simulation is employed to explore the deposition process of crude oil system with heterogeneous waxy on the solid surface. The results show that in a multiphase system, the morphology of paraffin wax crystals will change correspondingly at different system temperatures. At low-temperature, the paraffin molecules are arranged in an orderly manner, which are easier to form wax crystals, resulting in the density of the system that changes greatly. As the temperature increases, the aggregation of the wax molecules decreases, which makes the fluidity increase, and it is not easy to form wax crystals.

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