DRTC Rock/Fluids/Materials (RFM) Laboratories

Using geoscience and advanced-materials-based research to accelerate technology deployment

At the DRTC Rock/Fluids/Materials Laboratories, leading researchers, scientists, and engineers from multidisciplinary backgrounds work together to advance geoscience research and accelerate development of advanced materials-based solutions to the challenges of Middle East conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon resource development. The facility also serves as the Laboratory Headquarters for the Middle East Region Unconventional Teams.

Co-locating multidisciplinary experts at a single oilfield R&D facility equipped with cutting-edge testing equipment enables most Middle East testing to occur within the region, and speeds response time and new product development and introduction. Collaboration with customers and local universities fosters development efforts among laboratories, ensures similar testing processes across laboratories, and nurtures discussion based on test results as projects progress.

Rock Laboratory: advancing drilling and production through better geological understanding

Using a full range of geoscience laboratory services, our experts evaluate reservoir rock to enhance geological understanding of conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Cuttings and core samples are evaluated using sophisticated equipment, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with EDS capability. X-Ray diffraction (XRD) and X-Ray fluorescence (XRF) provide detailed information about rock composition. This information is supplemented with digital and petrographic microscopy.

Geomechanical properties are critical to successful exploration and development of unconventional resources in the Middle East. The DRTC has full capability to conduct triaxial tests and petrophysical and rock mechanics experiments.

Dynamic and static permeability performance are tested in permeameters to enhance the design of drilling, fracture, and remediation fluids. The ability to conduct measurements using pressure transient in low-permeability rock enables us to calculate the permeability of unconventional rock in the nano-Darcy range.

Materials Analytical Laboratory: Accelerating development of advanced materials-based oilfield solutions

Researchers and scientists at DRTC are close to customers and operations, providing an awareness of scientific and engineering challenges that impact oilfield operations. The multidisciplinary team accelerates development of solutions based on nanomaterials, rocks, metals, electronics, and chemical performance.  

Highly defined microscopy is conducted using sophisticated equipment, including FEI Quanta® 650 scanning electron microscopy with Bruker EDS and Quemscan® capability. Digital and petrographic microscopy is supported by Keyence, Leica and Nikon digital microscopes.

Material measurements are evaluated using Rigaku Ultima IV® XRD, Supermini® XRF, Malvern Mastersizer®, and Zeta Sizer® particle size analysis.

Analytical chemistry is available using gas chromatograph/mass spectrometry, fluorescence spectrometry, ion chromatograph-inductive coupled optical emission spectrometry, FT UV/VIS spectrometry, and IR spectrometry. Corrosion analysis and prevention methodologies are evaluated in both sweet and sour environments.

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