Typically, the concentration of corrosion inhibitor levels in field fluids is routinely monitored. Understanding the level of corrosion inhibitor can provide information on the correct functioning of chemical injection pumps as well as determine the effects of changing system conditions, such as water cut or solids production, on chemical availability. Yet, despite the value of monitoring, the residual methods available to operators are often not sufficiently reliable or are too complex to apply in the field. A corrosion inhibitor micelle-detecting technique offers an alternative approach. A significant body of work can be found in the literature regarding the formation of micelles in model fluids and for single chemical species. The relevance of the approach for the significantly more complex field fluids and commercial corrosion inhibitor formulations is shown and discussed.

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