Ian Burgess

Ian is an interdisciplinary scientist whose inventions have been recognized with an R&D 100 Award and featured in Scientific American, Chemical & Engineering News, Nature Photonics, and Materials Today. He has a PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard and a Bachelor’s in Math and Physics from the University of Waterloo. Outside the lab, he enjoys spending time with his daughter and playing golf.

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The surprising and significant errors in reading a centrifuge tube

Posted by Ian Burgess on Aug 8, 2017 6:01:56 PM

The centrifuge test to determine the sediment and water (S&W) content in crude oil is one of the most frequently run tests in the oil and gas industry. S&W measurements are done every time a shipment of oil changes hands so that the buyer only pays for the oil volume. Even small errors can add up to significant amounts of money so accuracy is important. For example, a 0.1% measurement error on S&W can cause a producer (or receiver) to lose about $10,000 per year for a single well1. That is nearly $2,000,000 per year for a larger 100,000 bpd midstream operator!

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