Maze Microfluidic SARA Analysis | Schlumberger

Maze

Microfluidic SARA Analysis

Coupling microfluidics and spectroscopy for precise SARA measurements

The Maze microfluidic SARA analysis fully automates the process for testing oil samples for saturates, aromatics, resins, and asphaltenes (SARA)—coupling novel microfluidic chip technology and spectroscopy—for precise measurements that are always repeatable and reproducible.

Results from the Maze microfluidic SARA analysis bring certainty to your operation, with multiple upstream and downstream applications—including validating oil samples prior to PVT analysis, understanding physical and refining properties, assessing crude oil value, and supporting flow assurance and geochemical studies.

The Maze microfluidic SARA analysis fully automates the process for testing oil samples for saturates, aromatics, resins, and asphaltenes.

96% faster results compared with conventional analysis

The platform designed for the highly automated Maze microfluidic SARA analysis.
The platform designed for the highly automated Maze microfluidic SARA analysis. With Maze analysis, conventional methods—which are cumbersome and time consuming—are now automated, removing operator dependency and subjectivity from the analysis. This ensures certainty across measurements for high-quality results that are always repeatable and reproducible.

Precise measurements—quicker, without subjectivity

Conventional SARA analysis requires extensive time and material resources, liters of solvents, and large laboratory footprint. Results vary widely from lab to lab due to slight procedural and equipment modifications, operator competency and efficiency, and chemical purity and availability.

With Maze analysis, conventional methods—which are cumbersome and time consuming—are now automated, removing operator dependency and subjectivity from the analysis. Turnaround time is also reduced to 4 hours for Maze analysis compared with 3 to 5 days for conventional technology.

Maze Microfluidic SARA Analysis
Maze Microfluidic SARA Analysis

SARA analysis—reinvented

Maze analysis is a two-part process within a single, self-contained platform.

  1. Asphaltenes are determined using a proprietary microfluidic chip.
  2. Saturates, aromatics, and resins are identified using a miniaturized chromatographic column.

Each fraction measurement is achieved through application of optical absorbance measurement using spectrometer and refractometer technologies.

Schlumberger technicians using the Maze Microfluidic SARA Analysis.
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