Acoustic Characterisation of Phase Inversion in a Water-Oil System

Ahmed, Yusuf (Queen's University) | Arsalan, Muhammad (Saudi Aramco) | Ahmed, Talha (Saudi Aramco) | Noui-Mehidi, Mohamed Nabil (Saudi Aramco)


The present paper is concerned with an experimental study of the acoustic signature of phase inversion in an oil-water mixture system. The system studied was used to correlate the process of phase inversion with the acoustic field generated during the two fluid mixing. The experimental results revealed that the relation between the acoustic fields produced by a water continuous dispersion and the phase inversion has a clear and different signature from an oil-continuous system using a batch mixing system. This dynamical characteristic of the phase inversion phenomenon could be of use in practical systems to detect phase inversion when it occurs based on the acoustic field measured in the subject process.