Acetic Acid

Definition - What does Acetic Acid mean?

Acetic Acid, also known as ethanoic acid is a colorless organic chemical compound with a pungent smell and sour taste. It has the chemical formula CH3CO2H. It is used in the production of polyvinyl acetate for wood glue, cellulose acetate for photography films and in fabrics. Acetic acid is also used in many descaling agents. The most available example of an acetic acid is vinegar, which is 3% to 9% acetic acid in volume.

Petropedia explains Acetic Acid

In the oil and gas industry there are many varieties of products and chemicals that are used to optimize and enhance the exploration & production activities. Acetic acid is widely used in oilfield applications such as well simulations. There are two primary types of well simulation practices that involve the use of acetic acid, i.e., matrix acidizing and hydraulic fracturing.

In Matrix acidizing, acetic acid is used within the wellbore in order to attack any impediments without causing any damage to the established reservoir. The properties of acetic acid come in handy when the impediments are either limestone or carbonates.

In hydraulic fracturing, acetic acid along with other fluids is injected at high pressure in tight formations to produce cracks in the reservoir. This allows the hydrocarbons to flow easily in the pores hence they can be easily extracted.

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