Understanding the effect of the components of commercial olefin sulfonates on steam foam performance would aid manufacturing more cost-effective products. Commercial alkene sulfonates are a mixture of alkene sulfonate, hydroxyalkane sulfonate, and olefin disulfonate. The effect of these components, hydrophobe linearity, the position of the carbon-carbon double bond in the substrate (alpha-olcfin compared to internal olefin), hydrophobe carbon number, and hydrophobe linearity on foaming properties and other properties of interest for enhanced oil recovery was studied. The connectivity index measure of chemical structures correlation with 121°C (250°F) foam stability provided a correlation coefficient of 0.98.

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