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Standard oilfield viscometers (such as the Model 800) show the shear stress of a fluid on a physical dial. This tried-and-true method is simple and reliable, which is why it’s so popular. But it’s not very flexible. Speeds have to be changed manually and readings have to be written down. There’s a lot of labor involved.

The Model 900 Viscometer provides a much more automated and streamlined process. The included ORCADA™ software gives you the power to program complex tests with multiple speeds, temperatures, and measurements. You can program multiple sweeps, gel times, and temperature ramps on the computer and then copy the test to the onboard controller for later use. The viscometer will also calculate the rheology your fluid based on the Power Law and/or Bingham Plastic analysis models. And all the steps of the test are executed automatically, without user intervention. Once you start the test, you can move on to other things while the Model 900 does all the work.

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The Atmospheric Consistometer is one of the staples of the cement lab. Every cement lab needs at least one for a critical step in preparing cement slurry for further testing.

Conditioning a cement slurry in an Atmospheric Consistometer simulates the action of pumping the slurry down the wellbore. The stirring motion and elevated temperature add enough energy to the slurry to appropriately mimic the pumping environment. And, by following the recommended practice published by the American Petroleum Institute (API), the Atmospheric Consistometer helps ensure your tests are consistent and repeatable.

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Oil well cement must be strong enough to support the casing and to provide adequate zonal isolation. Before using a cement system in a well, developers must verify its compressive strength through direct measurement.

The OFITE CLF-40 Automated Compressive Load Frame performs destructed compressive strength testing on cement samples. It accepts either 2” cubes (cured in an HTHP Curing Chamber) or cylindrical samples (cured in an Ultrasonic Cement Analyzer). The sample is held between two platens while the instrument steadily increases the pressure. When the sample fails, the software automatically calculates the maximum pressure before failure.

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Porosity is the percentage of empty space within a solid media. Effective porosity is the percentage of void space in which the pore spaces are interconnected. Accurately determining the effective porosity of a petroleum reservoir is important for estimating the total amount of recoverable hydrocarbons within a producing formation.

The BLP-630 Automated Gas Porosimeter was designed to rapidly and accurately measure the effective porosity of a core sample. Three separate volumetric gas reservoirs provide seven (7) possible gas volume combinations to improve effective pore space data for a broad range of core sizes and porosities. It includes an assortment of volumetric core holder inserts to minimize dead space for greater accuracy. And the core holder is secured and release with a quarter turn by hand for quick and easy core loading.

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The Retort is designed to measure the percentage of oil, water, and solids in a sample of drilling fluid or cuttings. This percentage is crucial for controlling mud properties, such as rheology, density, filtration, and salinity. And knowing the solids content of your drilling mud is essential for evaluating viscosity control and solids control equipment.

The new Multi Unit Retort combines five 50 mL Retorts into a single unit. Each Retort has its own electronic temperature controller and an ergonomic stand for holding the receiver tube (also known as JP Tube). This compact design not only fits under a fume hood, but it also saves valuable and scarce bench space.

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