Test/Measurements Systems & Setups

 

Core Flooding System

The Core Flooding System is configured for the measurement of permeability and capillary pressure, and for liquid/liquid gas/liquid displacements under the conditions of overburden pressures up to 1,000 psi and temperatures up to 150°C (300°F) with Viton sleeves.

Automated data acquisition and logging of pressures is controlled by the Labview software. Constant temperature is provided by a convection oven. A high pressure ISCO pump delivers the displacement fluid at various flow rates.

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HP-HT CO2 Injection Test System

 
 

The High Pressure High Temperature Test System is used for CO2/miscible gas injection under up to 4,000 psi and 232°C (450°F). It consists of high pressure vessels connected to pumps and cylinders and can be used for static or dynamic high pressure solvent injection tests. A DAQ system makes it possible to read temperature and pressure values.

Steam Injection Test System

This system is designed for high temperature steam experiments. The setup consists of a steam generation unit and a high pressure vessel that contains the main sample under test. A DAQ system is also attached to monitor pressure and temperature.

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Cyclic Steam Injection System

This system is used for:

  • Cyclic steam injection

  • High temperature (200°C)

  • High pressure (250 psi)

  • Chemical additives (Nano-particle, surfactant solutions, etc.)

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Chemical Addition with Steam Injection System

This system consists of a steam generation unit, a core holder with oil-saturated core, a pressure and temperature controlling unit, a production unit, two syringe pumps for injection, and a data acquisition unit. Chemical solution is co-injected with steam to the core at high temperature (200°C) and high pressure (250 psi).

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Oxidation/Diffusion Test System

This system consists of a stainless steel reactor in which an oil-saturated core is introduced and soaked in a gas atmosphere (solvents and air). The system is kept at static conditions and pressure and temperature are measured with time.  The reactor is connected to a data acquisition system for data recording.  Gas pressure data is analyzed as well as fluid composition to assess the effect of gas mixture in oil recovery by means of a diffusion and gravity drainage mechanisms. 

Working pressure and temperature of reactor are 2000 psi and 300°C (572°C).

 
 

Pore-scale Investigations of Steam Injection

Visualization of Proppants Transportation in Fractures

This system is used for:

  • Cyclic steam injection

  • High temperature (200°C)

  • High pressure (250 psi)

  • Chemical additives (Nano-particle, surfactant solutions, etc.)

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The 10×15 cm and 5×5 cm 2D visual sandpack models were prepared and placed into a transparent vacuum chamber to prevent heat loss. The processes were recorded with a high-speed camera to obtain visual data at the pore scale. This process represents the lateral spreading of the steam chamber during steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) for heavy-oil recovery.

This system is used by Francisco (Paco) Javier Argüelles Vivas. Related publications:

  1. Arguelles, F. and Babadagli, T.: “Pore Scale Investigations on the Dynamics of Gravity Driven Steam Displacement Process for Heavy Oil Recovery and Development of Residual Oil Saturation:  A 2-D Visual Analysis,” SPEJ 21 (6): 1943-1959.

  2. Arguelles, F. and Babadagli, T.: “Experimental and Analytical Modeling of Gravity Drainage Dominated Heavy-Oil Recovery Under Non-Isothermal Conditions: A Micro Scale Approach,” SPE 148872, 2011 CSUG/SPE Canadian Unconventional Resources Conf., Calgary, Alberta, Canada, November 15-17.

  3. Arguelles, F. and Babadagli, T.: “Pore Scale Modeling of Gravity Drainage Dominated Flow under Isothermal and Non-Isothermal Conditions,” SPE 153591, 2012 SPE Latin American and Carib. Petr. Eng. Conf. (LACPEC), Mexico City, Mexico, April 16-18,

Working pressure and temperature of reactor are 2000 psi and 300°C (572°F).

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HP-HT Pendant Drop Interfacial Tension (IFT) System

 

The Pendent Drop Interfacial Tension System is used for measuring interfacial tension at reservoir pressure and temperature, up to 10,000 psi and 177°C (350°F). The cell has interchangeable needle tips to achieve a wide measurement range. The lower limit is 10-3 dynes/cm.

The system sits on a vibration-free table. It includes the heating system, metering pumps, and a microscope system with video camera for image viewing, recording, and analysis.

HP-HT imbibition system

 

This system is used to visualize imbibition process at high temperature (200°C) and high pressure (500 psi). An oil-saturated core sample and chemical solution are placed inside a glass imbibition cell and the cell is pressurized above the saturation pressure under certain temperature. Different chemicals, such as nano-particle solutions, ionic liquids, etc. can be used.

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