The Interface Thermal Solvent Test uses a reservoir analogue, in place of core, in a test similar to sand pack testing. The analogue is designed and fabricated to have a porous pattern replicating the inherent geometries of a specific reservoir. It is filled with water, then bitumen, to establish initial saturations. Testing is conducted under controlled conditions, including steam temperature and pressures.
Interface’s technology platform offers advantages in the evaluation of solvent performance for SAGD. The system's optical-access enables first-of-its-kind visual insights into asphaltene deposition, steam chamber growth, and steam-to-oil ratio at the pore-scale.