Polymers for conformance improvement - PetroWiki

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Early application of polymers for use during oilfield conformance improvement operations was focused on improving volumetric sweep efficiency of waterfloods. More recently, polymers have been used extensively in disproportionate permeability reduction (DPR) and relative permeability modification (RPM) treatments for water shutoff and in conformance improvement polymer-gel treatments. This page discusses polymers used in oilfield operations and how they contribute to conformance improvement. Polymers are large molecules and chemical entities referred to as macromolecules. Polymer molecules are the resultant chemical specie when a large number of relatively small and repeating molecular entities, called monomers, are joined together chemically.