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Viscometer Measurement: A Glimpse into Reservoir Fluid Dynamics

Sep 26, 2023 11:41:02 AM / by Admin

Viscosity Measurement- A glimpse into reservoir fluid dynamicsEfficient oil reservoir analysis relies on understanding the behavior of reservoir fluids under varying conditions. This is where viscometer measurement improves the process, offering a window into the viscosity and flow properties of these fluids. Cambridge Viscosity’s ViscoLab PVT+ viscometer equips reservoir engineers with the ability to assess the fluid’s viscosity, even under extreme pressure and temperature conditions, mirroring real-world reservoir scenarios.

Reservoir Characterization: Viscometer measurements offer detailed insights into the viscosity of crude oils and reservoir fluids. This data helps in characterizing reservoirs, enabling accurate predictions of fluid flow behavior, and aiding in the selection of optimal production strategies.

Fluid Behavior at Depth: With the ability to simulate high-pressure conditions, viscometer measurements replicate the extreme environments present in deep reservoirs. This empowers engineers to predict how viscosity changes with depth and better understand fluid behavior at different extraction points.

Enhanced Recovery Techniques: By accurately gauging viscosity and fluid behavior, engineers can identify opportunities for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques. Whether through injection strategies or temperature adjustments, viscometer measurements guide the application of EOR methods to maximize production yields.

Data-Driven Decision Making: Viscometer measurements provide empirical data that supports informed decision-making processes. This is especially crucial in reservoir management, where accurate assessments of viscosity aid in optimizing production rates, minimizing operational costs, and prolonging reservoir life.


Cambridge Viscosity ViscoLab PVT+

With its ability to operate at high pressures (up to 100,000 psi) and temperatures (315°C/599°F), the ViscoLab PVT+ enables engineers to conduct accurate viscometer measurements that mirror the dynamic conditions within reservoirs, using only 6mL of sample. The ViscoLab PVT+ viscometer contributes to a deeper understanding of reservoir fluid dynamics, enabling better-informed decisions and unlocking the full potential of oil extraction operations.

Proven Results

CVI first developed viscometers for reservoir analysis in the mid 1990s. Since then, we have become widely recognized as the industry standard for viscosity measurement in reservoir labs. In fact, you'll find our PVT instruments in more than 70% of reservoir labs around the world. The ViscoLab PVT+ is also widely used in universities and research facilities conducting studies on oil reservoirs and studying polymer solution for enhanced oil recovery (EOR).

Our customers consider the PVT the gold standard for reservoir analysis. With its ability to provide measurements over extended periods, it meets the demanding requirements of PVT analysis. It offers a new, modern user interface that includes data trending, configuration options, and multi-parameter measurement capabilities. It excels in extreme conditions, with the capability to handle high pressures up to 100,000 psi and temperatures up to 315°C. Measure your reservoir sample with high accuracy and get measuring up and running fast with stabilization times less than 45 minutes.


Viscometer measurements play a pivotal role in shaping the way we analyze, understand, and optimize oil reservoirs. With tools like Cambridge Viscosity’s ViscoLab PVT+, reservoir engineers are empowered to unlock insights, driving efficiency, sustainability, and innovation in oil extraction.

For more information, visit the ViscoLab PVT+ website:Explore ViscoLab PVT+

Tags: viscosity control, oil reservoir viscosity, viscosity management, ViscoLab PVT+


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