Microfluidics - when adapted for oil and gas - is a technology that helps the energy industry evaluate an array of stimulation products and their compatibility with individual reservoirs for specific applications down-hole.
This paper outlines the benefits of microfluidics analysis, how a large multinational operator applied it, and how it impacted decisions being made in the field.
Traditional lab testing employed for evaluating stimulation fluids can take months in a tight shale core and poses limitations to repeatability and the understanding of why a fluid behaves a certain way. The technology evaluated
in this testing allows for a rapid, visual understanding of the fluid-fluid interaction under reservoir representative conditions, allowing for quick data-driven decision making.