Nanocondensation Apparatus

The nanocondensation apparatus employs a patented high-precision gravimetric system to detect phase behavior at the nano-scale. When fluid is confined to tight pore spaces, such as the pores found in many unconventional reservoirs, its thermodynamic behavior is altered and can no longer be predicted using traditional equations of state. As a result, a large part of the research at the COIFPM is devoted to developing a fundamental understanding of how fluids behave within these tight pores. There are currently three complete nanocondensation systems that are operational, allowing for more experimental capacity and a larger range of research possibilities. The equipment is currently capable of studying fluids down to -50 ͦ C and under a wide range of pressures thereby allowing the full characterization of the vapor-liquid coexistence regions and the identification of condensation points for a particular fluid.