Parachors Based on Modern Physics and Their Uses in IFT Prediction of Reservoir Fluids Academic Article uri icon


  • Prediction of interfacial tension (IFT) is essential for modeling many secondary and tertiary oil recovery processes. The parachor method (PM) has been widely used to predict IFT. There has been considerable confusion in the literature concerning the PM for estimating IFT. The confusion is based primarily on the lack of clarity concerning the scaling exponent and parachors derived from this exponent. According to modern physics, the theoretical value of the scaling exponent is 3.88 for all pure substances, although several values may be found in the literature, usually altered to match existing data. This paper addresses clarification of the confusion about the scaling exponent, derivation of parachors for pure species occurring in petroleum fluids and oil cuts, and verification of the validity of these derived parachors in IFT prediction of reservoir fluids. We have analyzed experimental data for various compounds occurring in reservoir fluids and found that 3.88 is a valid scaling exponent for pure species inside and outside, to some large extension, of the critical region. Taking 3.88 as a fixed scaling exponent, parachors of 139 crude oil components are back-calculated by means of surface tension and density data obtained from experiments by previous investigators. These parachors are compared with three selected parachor correlations for IFT prediction of six crude oil and CO2 mixtures and are found to be more accurate.

published proceedings

  • SPE Reservoir Engineering (Society of Petroleum Engineers)

author list (cited authors)

  • Schechter, D. S., & Guo, B.

complete list of authors

  • Schechter, DS||Guo, B

publication date

  • December 1998