WAXEVAL MS150-Medium sized Wax flow loop for live oil


Wax deposition inside tubes and pipelines reduces the effective flow area, hence increasing the pressure drop and potentially causing complete blockage. Therefore, developing an understanding of hydrocarbon phase behaviour throughout the pressure and temperature regime, i.e. from the formation to the production facilities, is primordial. The Wax Eval MS 150 is a realistic medium-sized loop in which live oil is circulated and subjected to a range of heat fluxes and shear rates representative of production flowline conditions. An experiment mainly consists of four stages, namely, live oil introduction in the loop, thermal pre-treatment, cooling and ungelling. It allows the evaluation of the wax appearance temperature WAT, wax deposition rate, pigging frequency and pipeline restart pressure for gel breaking. The experimental results can also be inputted into a simulation software to generate a thermodynamic model which can be utilized to simulate pipeline petroleum transport.


Wax deposition loop diameter: 1 inch
TempWax deposition loop length: 16 meters
Gel strength coil outside diameter: 3/8 inch
Gel strength length: 16 meters
Pressure: up to 2,175 psi
Temperature range: -20°C to 100°C
Sample volume: 40 liters
Flow rate: up to 300 l/hour
Temperature accuracy: 0.1 °C
Material: Stainless steel
Power supply: 380-400 VAC, 50 Hz, 3 phases


* Representative of pipeline conditions
* Wax inhibitor assessment
* Generate representative model of oil sample in real pipeline conditions