Lab Update

Lab Capabilities Page Launched

To keep up with our continually expanding offerings, we're excited to have launched a new area of the website to summarize our full laboratory capabilities.  Visit the full page or go directly to our bundled packagestesting capabilities, or testing equipment.

Schedule your tour today! Email us at and set up a time to come and see us. 


Schedule Your Tour Today

February 2, 2016

YOU ALREADY KNOW that AFS provides objective, actionable insights into flow assurance issues for some of the nation's leading operators?

BUT DID YOU KNOW that our new independent lab is now open and operational? 

Schedule your tour today! Email us at and set up a time to come and see us.

Thank you from the AFS team

January 29, 2016
A big thank you to all who came out to our Open House! It was an exciting day for the AFS team and we appreciate all of your support.

If you were not able to attend the Open House and would like to take a tour of our Katy Lab and/or learn more about Assured Flow Solutions, please contact us at to schedule a time to come and see us. 

AFS Rheology Testing

January 14, 2016
Understanding the rheology of crude oil or mixture of crude oils is critical for modeling and optimizing production, as changes can effect deliverability, slugging, and flow regime.  Specifically, AFS can measure viscosity, shear thinning behavior, and yield stresses using the following equipment:
High Pressure Rheometer
o Temperature range of -4°F to 392°F
        (-20°C to 200°C)
o Pressure rating of 5800 psi (400 bar)
o Temperature range of -4°F to 392°F (-20°C to 200°C)
High Pressure Viscometer
o Suitable for ASTM D7483 and D445 Methods
o Temperature range of ambient to 365°F (ambient to 185°C)
o Pressure rating of 20,000 psi (1379 bar)
o 6 ml sample size

AFS Asphaltene Testing

January 6, 2016 
Asphaltenes are high molecular weight, polar compounds found in crude oil.  Unlike waxes, they do not melt and their stability in crude oil is determined by pressure and the presence of light hydrocarbons (e.g., methane, ethane, propane,
n-butane, n-pentane, etc.).

To characterize this flow assurance risk, AFS has the following equipment available for testing asphaltenes:
Turbiscan Tower
o     Can perform asphaltene destabilization
       studies, emulsion stability studies, and test
       chemical effectiveness 
o     Temperature range of 39°F to 176°F
        (4°C to 80°C)
o     6 samples can be analyzed simultaneously
o     Can be used to measure the refractive index of
        the fluid during asphaltene precipitation which
        can be used for modeling of asphaltene
with the ASIST model
o     Temperature range of 41°F to 212°F
        (5°C to 100°C)
o     Can be used for visual investigation of
        asphaltene precipitation
o     Temperature range of -4°F to 212°F
        (-20°C to 100°C)

AFS Scale Testing

January 4, 2016
Inorganic mineral scale is formed when produced water undergoes changes in pressure and/or temperature. Scale can either precipitate into solution or adhere to surfaces like pipe walls or wellbore perforations.

To characterize this flow assurance risk, AFS has the following equipment available to study scaling tendencies and performance of chemical inhibitors using the following equipment:
Dynamic Scale Loop
o Capable of absolute pressure up to 5800 psi
        (400 bar) and differential pressure of 290 psi (20 bar)
o Capable of temperatures from -13°F to 302°F (-25°C to 150°C)
o Integrated pH probe at the sample outlet
o Capillary ID of 0.75 mm
o Pump rates of up to 10 ml/min  
Scale Bottle Test
o Visual test at atmospheric pressures used typically for calcite instability with varying temperature, pH, and inhibitor
o Capable temperatures from 0°F to 212°F (-18°C to 100°C)

AFS Wax Testing

December 29, 2015
Wax (or paraffin) consists of high molecular weight alkanes that solidify from crude oil at low temperatures. These solids can form as particles or deposit onto pipe walls or other equipment.

To characterize this flow assurance risk, AFS has the following equipment available for testing waxing potential in liquid hydrocarbon samples:
Cold Finger
o Can study paraffin deposition and chemical
        inhibitor performance
o 30 total cells
o Precise control of bulk temperature and finger
        temperature in each rack (5 cells per rack)
o Bulk temperature heating range up to 392°F
o Finger temperature range of -13 to 392°F (-25
        to 150°C)
o Analytical balance linked to software to track
        deposition as a function of time 
Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)
o Can be used to determine the amount of
        crystalized paraffin, as well as identify the wax appearance temperature (WAT) and the pour point
o Temperature range of -49°F to 1292°F (-45°C to 700°C)
o Cooling rate of 0.036°F/min to 90°F/min (0.02° C/min – 50°C/min)
o Heating rate of 0.036°F/min to 540°F/min (0.02° C/min – 300°C/min)
Cross Polarizing Microscope (CPM)
o Can be used to determine the wax appearance temperature (WAT)
o Temperature range of -4°F to 212°F (-20°C to 100°C)

AFS Fluid & Material Compatibility

December 21, 2015 
Many of the chemicals used in the oil field are incompatible with each other and can be incompatible with the materials throughout the flowpath. An understanding of these compatibility issues is critical for system design and operation.

To characterize the compatibility risk, AFS has the following equipment available for testing:
Chemical: Chemical Bottle Test
o Can be used for visual observation of precipitation, emulsion formation, miscibility and other phenomena during fluid
        compatibility testing
o Temperature range of -40°F to 300°F (-40°C to 149°C)
Thermal Centrifuge
o Can be used to separate solids under controlled temperature (e.g., seafloor temperatures)
o Temperature range of 14°F to 104°F (-10°C to 40°C)
o 16,000 rpm rotational speed
Chemical: Material Test
o Used to visual observation of material deformation (swelling or shrinkage), discoloration, and qualitative elasticity
o Temperature range of -40°F to 300°F (-40°C to 149°C)

AFS Hydrate Testing

December 17, 2015 
Gas hydrates are ice-like, crystalline compounds that are composed of light hydrocarbons and water. They are known to commonly form in locations of high pressure and low temperatures (e.g., oil field pipelines) and can block pipelines rapidly with minimal warning.

To characterize this flow assurance risk, AFS can study hydrate equilibrium temperature, hydrate plugging tendency, and chemical effectiveness using the following equipment:
High Pressure Rocking Cells
o Pressure rating of 2900 psi (200 bar)
o Temperature range of 23°F to 104°F (-5°C to 40°C)
o Low shear environment
o Total of 16 cells
o All cells equipped with sapphire windows, pressure transducers, and rolling ball detectors
High Pressure Autoclave Mixing Cell
o Pressure rating of 5000 psi (350 bar)
o Temperature range of 14°F to 140°F (-10°C to 60°C)
o High shear environment
o Stirrer equipped with torque measurement
o Visual capabilities in headspace, low in the cell, and at gas / liquid interface

Look what arrived today

December 15, 2015  
Our "Cyber Monday" purchase has finally arrived in the states. The first of our two high pressure rocking cells has arrived and will be up and running by the end of this week (especially when we have Pete monitoring the installation process). 

We made it official

December 11, 2015
We have had people working in the lab since November but we wanted to wait for the perfect moment to make this important announcement. Assured Flow Solutions’ lab is open for business.

We made it official on Friday afternoon with an outdoor ribbon cutting ceremony surrounded by the entire AFS team. Thanks to everyone for their hard work and support for helping us make this happen. We really have one of the most outstanding teams here at AFS. 

Now the fun really begins! Stay tuned for the progress we make next week. We are sure to stay busy as more and more equipment arrives at the lab.  

Are you looking for a sign?

December 8, 2015
Well this is it! 
If you see this sign, know that you are taking a step in the right direction to solve your flow assurance challenges.
Assured Flow Solutions' is composed of some of the best and "brightest" engineers and chemists with the expertise needed to design a cost effective solution and a real solution to keep your wells flowing.


Cyber Monday

November 30, 2015
The first of our two high pressure rocking cells have been ordered!  This unit will have 10 individual sapphire cells, within each cell, we combine oil, water, and gas under specific temperatures and pressures to simulate production conditions and evaluate hydrate risk and possible mitigation options for steady-state and transient operations.

This isn't your typical Cyber Monday purchase, but then again, Assured Flow Solutions isn't your typical company either.  

Checking In on the Lab

November 26, 2015
While the AFS team is off for the Thanksgiving holiday, we had a few dedicated employees stop by the lab to see the progress that has been made.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It

November 20, 2015 
Assured Flow Solutions will be opening the doors to our new lab very soon. Read more about how this addition of a specialized laboratory allows us to be a total solutions provider, solving technical challenges through engineering design and experimental validation in today’s 
Houston Business Journal's article.

New lab equipment

November 11, 2015
New lab equipment has been arriving over the past week and some pieces have been installed. 

We are expecting the arrival of our new equipment in the next coming weeks. Stay tuned for our weekly updates.  

AFS' Hosts first lab tour

November 6, 2015
AFS' hosted our first lab tour this week for Clair Avery, Engineering Co-Op Coordinator, with Memorial University of Newfoundland. AFS' Flow Assurance Specialist, and fellow MUN alum, Jacqueline Stevens and AFS' Managing Partner, Tony Spratt, showed her around the 10,000 sqft facility and elaborated as to the equipment that would soon be arriving and the services we will soon be able to offer to the oil & gas industry.  

Thank you Clair for joining us at the lab. Don't wait, contact us to schedule a lab tour with the AFS team!

Back inside the lab

November 4, 2015
While we were focusing on the outside of the lab last week, the team was busy getting things ready on the inside. 

The AFS waves have been added to all the glass walls in the building,our logo has been added above the reception counter, and the furniture arrived! 

We have the couches for the breakroom, table for the conference room, and desks for the cubicles and the offices. Looking forward to the day that we will have the AFS team working here.   


Its a beautiful day in the neighborhood

November 1, 2015
What a beautiful day it is here in Katy, Texas! 

It's really busy on the inside of the building today so we thought we would share this lovely picture of the outside of the AFS lab. 

They say "don't judge a book by its cover", but the building is looking professional, clean, put together, etc. so ahead and judge away. We are really proud of the progress that has been made.  

Keeping it Green

October 28, 2015
The outside of our building was looking good but now with the new landscaping its looks awesome!

We are just missing one thing. Our Assured Flow Solutions sign! That should be arriving soon and we can't wait to hang that up! 

Little details here and there

October 21, 2015
"It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen."  ‒ John Wooden

The light fixtures have been hung throughout the building. Boxes and boxes of glassware for lab and hardware for the building have been arriving almost daily. Stick with us on this journey and lets see if you can notice the new additions in the next lab post. 

Moving right along

October 14, 2015
Cabinets have been installed in the lab, breakroom and conference rooms. The glass walls and doors have been hung through out the building and a little paint has been added to all of the walls.

What's next for the lab, you ask? Check back next week to see the additions that have been made to AFS.   

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a...drone?

October 2, 2015
We had some fun this week with the developers and their drones. This is how they get us those fancy aerial shots we have been posting. I wonder if they would let us hold on to these drones... 

Let's take a look at the lab

September 30, 2015
Now that the sheetrock has been hung you can really see the "lab" take shape. We can't wait until we can get our equipment in and start working with you on your flow assurance challenges. 

What's going on inside AFS?

September 20, 2015
The walls are up. Our guys are working in the walk way outside of the break room and 2 of our new offices.

Visit us next week to see the progress we will make on the lab.      


Home, Sweet Home

September 23, 2015 
Check out our new office complex, featured in this morning's edition of the Houston Business Journal.   

More Info >

Nothing a little paint can't fix

September 16, 2015
The outside has really come along way in the last 2 weeks.

We officially have a parking lot and they just finished up painting the building.

Our team is hard at work on the inside of the lab. Check back next week for an update on the progress that has been made in the lab. 


It has been a busy, busy week

September 9, 2015
We made some progress since our last "interior" update. 

The duct work is in over the lab, windows have been installed and the offices are really starting to take some shape now that they are framed in.    

Overhang Installed - Check!

September 2, 2015  
Yes, we are excited about the overhang on the front of the building. One day soon, we will have our logo up there to. 

Next week we will have some pictures to share with you on the progress being made on the inside.   

Take a look inside

August 26, 2015
To many, this just looks like an empty concrete box.

To us, its 10,000 sq ft. that will house the future of flow assurance technology and applications.

14 weeks to go until we are up and running.  

Making some serious progress here!

August 19, 2015
You can really see the progress being made down here on the construction site.

It's all coming together nicely. 


Aerial America - Katy Edition

August 12, 2015
Wow! What a difference a few weeks can make.
We have a building everyone!  

Walls Going Up

August 5, 2015
Fort AFS.
Next step, putting a roof over our head. 

Meanwhile Back on Land

July 29, 2015
Progress is moving along quite nicely.
"If at first an idea is not absurd, there is no hope for it"  ‒ Einstein

Aerial America - Katy Edition

July 22, 2015
 This is how we monitor progress on our job sites. Looks like the building is really starting to take shape! 

One small step for AFS, one giant leap for Flow Assurance

July 15, 2015
Breaking new ground today for our 10,000 sq.ft. lab in Katy, Texas. 



Design Phase Complete!

July 8, 2015
It's all laid out! Floor plans and renderings for the new lab are complete and APPROVED! Now let the construction begin!  

Coming Soon...November 2015

July 1, 2015

Assured Flow Solutions is proud to announce that we will be opening a new 10,000 sq. ft. laboratory in Katy, Texas. The lab will house our team of industry experts in chemistry and engineering, as well as state-of-the-art  testing equipment. This new capability adds another unparalleled service to help identity and mitigate your production challenges. 
Join us in this journey as we continuously update this blog!