Rapid and Cost Efficient EOR Screening using a
Rock-on-a-Chip Approach

HOT Microfluidics provides pioneering microfluidic solutions that allow unmatched IOR / EOR process visualisation and screening. HOT Microfluidics helps companies reduce their operating expenditures and increase the probability of successfully implementing complex EOR field applications.

We provide IOR / EOR process optimization solutions and services by using a fast and cost efficient rock-on-a-chip approach that gives an unrivalled understanding of numerous EOR parameters, in particular pore-scale oil mobilisation and trapping mechanisms.

InspIOR, our microfluidic flooding rig, and the revolutionary GSG micromodels are the basis for our turnkey microfluidic solutions that include hardware and software components as well as chip design, flooding experiments and interpretation services.


HOT Microfluidics' Services and Products

  • Rock-on-a-Chip IOR / EOR flooding experiments and interpretation
  • Chip design and customisation
  • InspIOR: Our microfluidic flooding rig
  • Turnkey microfluidic solutions incl. services, hardware and software

Our Technology: A valuable complement to core floods…

Core flood experiments are the industry standard to assess EOR performance. However, often only a limited amount of reservoir rock material is available to run a sufficient number of experiments and it remains, to some extent, a black box restricting a detailed description of static and dynamic flow properties.

Micromodels that resemble porous media are both complementary and an alternative to core flooding experiments. When compared to core, an unlimited amount of Micromodel chips with the same porenetwork can be produced. Moreover, Micromodels allow visual access to the displacement process enabling a more detailed process description. Micromodels are generated based on rock images, thus this technology can be applied even if physical core material is not available / accessible.

HOT’s Microfluidics in a Nutshell

  • Rapid and cost efficient IOR and EOR displacement process screening
  • Stunning visualisation of the flow process through porous media
  • Pioneering transparent micromodels (Glass-Silicon-Glass)
  • No physical core material and only small fluid volumes required
  • Customised chips based on reservoir rock images
  • Wettability control using nanotechnology
  • Reduced risk and improved success rate for IOR/EOR field applications

The Way to Your Rock on a Chip

We customise the porous structures used for the Micromodel experiments using different sources, including thin section images, μCT images or grain-size distributions to ensure your chips reflect the porosity and permeability of your reservoir.

HOT Engineering GmbH   Tel: +43 3842 43 0 53-0   Fax +43 3842 43 0 53-1   hot@hoteng.com