Laboratory

Full spectrum tests and analyses from exploration to production


All labs provide tests. We provide answers.

We founded the AFS laboratory to improve the traditional laboratory experience. We go beyond providing comprehensive results to help you understand the implications of that data on your business and operations—whether upstream, midstream, or downstream.

Contact us if you’re ready to get started, or learn more about our bundled packages, testing capabilities, or testing equipment below.


Get all the right insight with our bundled test packages—quickly and easily

Having worked in the field, we know it can be a hassle to identify, organize, and conduct all of the tests necessary to tackle a specific field challenge—no matter the stage of production. That’s why we created our testing bundles.

Bundled testing packages take the guess work out of tests selection and help to ensure that you will receive detailed results customized to your specific field conditions. In addition, our consultants will work alongside you to ensure that you understand the conclusions and implications on your business.

As an extension of your in-house laboratory expertise, AFS can help execute your next laboratory analysis quickly, effectively, and with precision.

Contact us to discuss your next project.

Umbilical Certification

  • Chemical Pour Point Determination
  • Ambient Pressure Viscosity
  • High Pressure Viscosity
  • Low Temperature Stability
  • Simultaneous HP/HT Stability Assessment
  • Continuous Capillary Flow with Temp Cycling
  • Temperature Cycling Stability
  • 12-Day Stability Test
  • 90-Day Stability Test

Capillary Certification

  • Chemical Fluid Compatibility
  • Metals Compatibility
  • Plastics and Elastomers Compatibility
  • Capillary String Certification
  • Chemical Pour Point Determination
  • Ambient Pressure Viscosity
  • High Pressure Viscosity
  • Temperature Cycling Stability
  • 12-Day Stability Test

Routine Crude Oil Analysis

  • Specific Gravity (with calculated API)
  • Hexane Insolubility / Asphaltene Test
  • Boiling Range Distribution by GC
  • Wax Appearance Temperature

Waxy Crude Oil Analysis

  • Routine Crude Oil Analysis
  • Crude Oil Viscosity Curve (ambient pressure)
  • Wax Content by DSC
  • Wax Precipitation Curve
  • MWP Analysis – wax deposition profile based on production parameters

Asphaltenic Crude Oil Analysis

  • Routine Crude Oil Analysis
  • Saturates, Aromatics, Resins, Asphaltenes (SARA) Analysis
  • Asphaltene Content (Pentane vs Heptane)
  • Turbiscan Screening – baseline plus 3 inhibitor rates
  • Optional ASIST Screening – instantaneous and 6-hour time points

Routine Water Analysis

  • Dissolved Ions Detection
    • Cations – Sodium, Calcium, Magnesium, Strontium, Barium, Iron, Manganese
    • Anions – Chlorides, Sulfate, Bicarbonate, Carbonate, Hydroxide
    • Organic Acids
  • pH
  • Conductivity
  • Specific Gravity
  • Total Hardness as CaCO3
  • Total Dissolved Solids

Detailed Water Analysis

  • Routine Water Analysis
  • Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylene (BTEX) Analysis
  • Calcium Carbonate Scaling Index Analysis
  • Corrosion Monitoring Guideline Check – risk assessment based on pH, Iron, Manganese, and Chloride levels

Scaling Water Screening

  • Routine Water Analysis
  • Scale Simulation Package
    • Based on production conditions
    • Assesses severity of calcite, barite, strontium, zinc, and iron scaling species
  • Differential Scale Loop (DSL) Analysis
    • Based upon pressures, temperatures, and pH to match field conditions

Corrosion Screening

  • Routine Water Analysis
  • Bubble Cell Screening
    • Option for 1, 2, or 3 baseline conditions
    • Corrosion inhibitor assessment
  • Optional Rotating Cage Autoclave Testing or Rotating Cylinder Electrode Testing

Broad testing capabilities backed by deep industry experience

Many companies offer laboratory testing, but few are as committed as AFS to ensuring that every laboratory test reflects the reality of the field.

In some instances, tried-and-true standard testing is the best route to a solution. We offer a full spectrum of standard tests and analyses to support every stage of production. When it makes sense, AFS is able to tailor testing to your unique situation and operating conditions, providing more accurate, more relevant results.

Additionally, through synergies with our engineering capabilities, we’re able to offer innovative alternatives to traditional testing that can often provide broader, more actionable insights—quickly.

Contact us to schedule your test.

Crude Oil Analysis

  • Density by Digital Density Analyzer (ASTM D 5002)
  • Pour Point (ASTM D 5853)
  • SARA (Saturates, Aromatics, Resins and Asphaltenes) Analysis
  • Heptane Insoluble / Asphaltenes (ASTM D 6560)
  • Boiling Range Distribution by GC (ASTM D 5307)
  • Wax Appearance Temperature
  • Wax Content by DSC
  • High Pressure Viscosity
  • Dynamic Rheometer Testing
  • Kinematic Viscosity
  • Water Content via Karl Fisher (ASTM E203)

Brine and Produced Water Analysis

  • Trace Metals in Water by ICP-AES (ASTM D 1976)
  • Anions in Water by Ion Chromatography (ASTM D 4327.a)
  • Total Dissolved Solids, TDS
  • Electrical Conductivity and Resistivity of Water
  • Acidity or Alkalinity (ASTM D 1067)
  • pH of Aqueous Solutions (ASTM E 70)
  • Specific Gravity
  • BTEX Analysis by GC
  • XRD/XRF Analysis
  • Organic Acids
  • Corrosion Testing
  • Scale Potential Analysis

Materials Testing

  • Metals – Appearance, Pitting, General Corrosion by weight loss
  • Non-metals – Swelling, Shore Hardness, Tensile Strength

Flow Assurance / System Integrity Testing

  • Materials-Chemical Compatibility Testing Suite
  • Chemical-Chemical Compatibility Testing Suite
  • Paraffin Inhibitor Testing Package (Coldfinger, WAT)
  • Wax Content via DSC
  • Cross-Polarized Microscopy (CPM)
  • Particle-Size Analysis
  • Hydrate Rocking Cell Testing
  • Hydrate Autoclave Testing
  • HP Rheometer Hydrate Testing
  • Chemical Viscosity Suites
    • Various Temperature and Pressure Sweeps
  • High/Low Temperature Centrifuge Tests
  • Emulsion Testing Suites
    • Rheometer Shear-Stress Temperature Ramps
    • Bottle Testing
    • Turbiscan Testing
    • Inhibitor Performance Testing
  • Asphaltene Testing Suites
    • Turbiscan
    • ASIST
  • Corrosion Analysis – Rotating Cage Autoclave Testing
  • Other Testing
    • Infrared Spectrum (ASTM E 1252)
    • Nitrogen Content (ASTM D 5291)
    • Thermogravimetric Analysis (ASTM E 1131)
    • Thermal Stability Tests

Environmental Analysis

  • Oil and Grease in water
  • pH of aqueous samples

Testing equipment selected for replicable results

We selected the best-in-class testing equipment to ensure that the results we obtain at AFS are replicable. Perhaps more importantly, they’re easily applied to your unique operating conditions.

While you’ll find our equipment in labs around the world, you won’t find a lab more dedicated to expanding the ways it’s used. We’ve found that a test usually meant for another challenge can provide broader, more actionable results when applied to in a new way. Our breadth of industry experience and top-tier consultants make it possible.

Let AFS help you discover—and implement—a solution. Contact us to get started. At AFS, you’ll find best-in-class and specialized testing equipment used for:

Fluid and Chemical Characterization

  • Ion Chromatography (IC)
  • Inductively coupled plasma emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES)
  • Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)
  • Gas chromatography (GC)
  • Densitometer
  • Viscometer
  • Rheometer
  • Karl Fisher Iodometric Titrator
  • pH Meter
  • Conductivity Meter
  • X-ray Fluorometer / X-ray Diffractor
  • Refractometer
  • High and Low Temperature Centrifuge

Asphaltenes

  • ASIST
    • The ASIST calculation combines the asphaltene precipitation titration experiments carried out at stock tank conditions and the reservoir PVT analysis in order to estimate the asphaltene instability at live conditions.
  • Turbiscan
    • The Turbiscan uses multiple light scattering detection systems in both Transmission (T) and Backscattering (BS) modes in order to analyze low and high concentration dispersions. Asphaltene inhibitors can be evaluated based on dispersancy.

Corrosion

  • Bubble Cell
    • Evaluate corrosion potential using LPR techniques under corrosive environments with various brines and partial CO2 pressures.
  • Rotating Cage Autoclave
    • Simulate corrosive environments up to 11,000 psig while controlling shear, temperature, and partial CO2 pressure. Test conditions examine general corrosion and have the ability to examine pitting effects.

Emulsions

  • Rheometer
    • Examine rheological effects from shear, temperature, and pressure variables using multiple measuring tools, such as cone-plate, double gap, plate-plate, and helical stirrers.
  • Turbiscan
    • The Turbiscan uses multiple light scattering detection systems in both Transmission (T) and Backscattering (BS) modes in order to analyze low and high concentration dispersions. Emulsions and demulsifier chemistries can be screened quickly and efficiently.

Hydrates

  • Rocking cells (10-cell and 6-cell units)
    • Evaluate hydrate forming conditions and chemical performance in our visual, high pressure rocking cells. Capable of reaching 3,000 psig and simulating state-state and transient conditions.
  • Hydrate autoclaves
    • Evaluate hydrate forming conditions and chemical performance in our visual, high pressure autoclaves. Capable of reaching 5,000 psig and simulating steady-state and transient conditions.
  • HP Rheometer
    • Evaluate hydrate forming conditions and chemical performance in our high-pressure rheometer (5,000 psig). Using small volumes, test conditions can determine relative viscosities of hydrate slurries.

Paraffin (Wax)

  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)
    • Measure wax appearance temperatures, wax content, and wax precipitation curves using standard and advanced measuring techniques with the DSC.
  • Cross-Polarized Microscope (CPM)
    • Visually determine crude oil wax appearance temperatures using polarized light.
  • Coldfinger
    • The Coldfinger is designed to simulate wax depositing conditions via precise control of temperature gradients. The multi-cell design allows for several conditions to be examined simultaneously.

Scale

  • Dynamic Scale Loop (DSL)
    • The DSL is a fully automated system, which examines the precipitation and deposition of scale under simulated pipeline conditions.
  • Bottle Testing

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