Pressure, Volume, Temperature (PVT) Laboratory

Analysis of fluid properties such as API gravity, viscosity, surface, and interfacial tension, pH, refractive index, and vapor pressure is performed. In the PVT Laboratory, pressure, volume, and temperature relationships of hydrocarbons are studied at the graduate level. Hydrocarbon properties such as bubble and dew point curves, critical temperature and pressure, and temperature or pressure-dependent viscosity are determined; flash evaporation analysis can be done. Combustion and pyrolysis behaviors of various hydrocarbons are studied. Thermal and physical properties of petroleum, natural gas, and its products can be determined.