PPCA and DETPMP are two common commercial scale inhibitors used to control mineral scaling in the oil and gas industry. Normally, PPCA is regarded as a nucleation inhibitor and DETPMP as a growth inhibitor. In this paper, the effect of PPCA and DETPMP blends on the inhibition efficiency of calcium carbonate scale formation is presented.

In this paper, calcareous scale formation was studied both in the bulk solution and on the metal surface in supersaturated scale formation solutions, which represent typical waters encountered in oil and gas production. The effect of inhibitor blends on scale formation is studied. It shows that the inhibitor has a different inhibiting effect on precipitation in the bulk solution and deposit formed on the metal surface and reasons for this are discussed. It also demonstrates that bulk precipitation and surface deposition are two different processes and both processes should be studied to completely understand an industrial scaling system.

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