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Journal of Petroleum Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 538021, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/538021
Review Article

How Do Thermal Recovery Methods Affect Wettability Alteration?

Department of Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77840, USA

Received 10 June 2014; Revised 24 September 2014; Accepted 26 September 2014; Published 19 October 2014

Academic Editor: Guillaume Galliero

Copyright © 2014 Abhishek Punase et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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