Scaled Solutions has developed a bespoke flow loop that enables assessment of wax deposition characteristics under conditions selected to represent those prevailing in the field. Tests are conducted at representative temperatures (-30 to +100 °C) and pressures (up to 5000 psi / 350 barg). We also offer supportive testing including determination of wax content, pour point and wax appearance temperature (WAT) / wax disappearance temperature (WDT) by cross-polarised microscopy.
Our wax testing can be carried out using live crude samples or “re-livened” dead crude. We can calculate the amount of each component lost from the oil upon depressurisation and add this to the dead oil to reconstitute the expected field composition.