TU Drilling Research Projects, Fluids Characterization Lab, North Campus
The new Fluids Characterization Lab, located on the north campus, was created to centrally locate fluids characterization equipment to support the research being done on the low pressure and high pressure test loops. Bringing laboratory research equipment in close conjunction with the large flow loops adds an additional dimension to the quality of the research being done with both.
Selected Equipment in the Fluids Characterization Lab
Dynamic Testing Facility
The small scale flow loop provides the capability to circulate fluids under different conditions. This allows us to do controlled research year-round testing preliminary theories, developing new equipment, while leaving larger full-scale test loops available.
Foam Generator and Viscometer Apparatus
The Foam Generator and Viscometer Apparatus and Process (U.S. Patent No. 6,807,849) was invented to provide us with a research tool which would quantify the rheological properties of foam. This equipment allows us to accurately adjust the amounts and types of liquids and gasses which go into making foam and allows us to regulate the amount of energy which is used to create the foam. We can quantify the resulting foam via microphotography and computer analysis for bubble size, distribution, quantity and shape. A flow-through Couette-type viscometer allows us to quantify the foam while setting the desired rate of shear and measure viscosity and shear stress among other properties. The Apparatus can operate at pressures up to 1500 psi and temperatures to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fann 75 HPHT Viscometer
The Fann Model is a fully computer controlled high-pressure, high-temperature viscometer. This instrument allows us to automatically conduct viscosity measurements from 0 to 20,000 psi and temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
ACTF Online Fluids Characterizing Cart
This cart provides portability to sensitive bubble characterization equipment and transports it onto the flow loop. These instruments allow students to withdraw a sample of foam from the flow loop as experiments are on-going with constant pressure maintained. As the sample flows through the cart micro photographs are taken, computerized bubble analysis is conducted, and flow rate, pressure and temperature are monitored. The cart is equipped with a wireless router to allow all of the computer functions to be monitored real-time in the lab or office.