Core Flood System

Configurable for your testing
needs and budget.

Built to your specifications

Easy to use and maintain

Industry leading new technology

Because of the wide variety of tests that might be conducted in a core flood system, our equipment is easily customized to meet the exact requirements of a specific customer application. The list below is just a few of the many applications that a DCI core flood system can be used for.

  • EOR research
  • Acidization studies
  • Flow distribution in multi-layered reservoirs
  • CO2 sequestration
  • Drilling mud invasion
  • Relative permeability measurements
  • Simulation Studies

Because DCI wants each system to have a quick learning curve and hassle free operation, key features have been designed to make operating the core flood system as easy as possible. These include:

  • Pivoting core holder mount allows confining lines to remain connected.
  • Automatic accumulator fill system allows for easy fill, refill, heat, and pressurization without disturbing the test environment.
  • Automatic valves integrated into the software facilitate tests and protect system transducers
  • The valve/gauge panels and software include easy to follow schematics that visually show the flow path of the plumbing and locations of the instrumentation.

DCI is always pushing the limits of what is expected from a core flood system, this includes:

  • Latest measurement technologies
  • Embedded pressure ports and thermocouples along the core sample
  • Gas sampling and fluid separators
  • Fluid recirculation
  • Micro CT scanning compatibility
  • Syringe pump control of unique experimental variables

DCI has the expertise and knowledge to fulfill your needs.


Contact us to talk about a system that satisfies your needs.

Not every application requires all the latest technology, DCI provides benchtop units that incorporate important features but are still affordable. DCI works hard to not sell you the most expensive system but rather the system that best fits your needs. Not sure what would best fit your needs? Call or email an applications engineer to discuss your needs.





Example Specifications for Core Flood System
Confining Pressure: Up to 20,000 psi
Pore Pressure Up to 19,500 psi
Core Diameter: 1", 1.5", 2"
Core Length: 1"-12"
Temperature: Oven, Flexible Jacket, Rod
Pressure Control: VPA Syringe Pumps
Accumulators: 20ml to 2L
Wetted Parts: 316SS and Hastelloy

Core flood systems are some of the most versatile lab equipment used in the oil and gas industry. Some of the many applications that a DCI core flood system can be used for include:

  • EOR test and research
  • Acidization Studies
  • Water Flooding
  • Formation damage test
  • Relative permeability measurements
  • Steady state permeability measurements
  • Flow distribution in multi-layered reservoirs
  • CO2 sequestration
  • Diversion of stimulation fluids
  • Stimulation studies
  • Drilling mud invasion

Core Holder(s)

The core holder encloses the core sample and subjects it to simulated reservoir conditions.  Some of the options that are available in a core flood system include:

  • Single or dual core holders
  • Pivoting mount frame for horizontal or vertical orientation
  • Roller-supported mount frame for easy movement and maintenance
  • Pivoting mount to move from inside to outside oven for sample loading.
  • Radial confining pressure, hydrostatic, or triaxial loading capability
  • Range of core diameters (1”, 1 ½”, 2”)
  • Core lengths up to 12”
  • Multi-tap pressure ports along the core length
  • Imbedded sensors along length of core holder sleeve.

Upstream Flow System

DCI has designed a family of dual piston syringe pumps (VPA) specifically for core flood applications. These pumps use special algorithms to provide pulse-less flow to drive fluid separator accumulators. Some of the features that can be selected to meet specific test requirements include:

  • Pressure range and flow rate for the VPA(s)
  • Multiple VPA’s to allow simultaneous multi-phase flow
  • Flow path forward or reverse, or in parallel or series through multiple core holders
  • Wetted parts:  Stainless steel or Hastelloy C 276
  • Tubing size:  1/16”, 1/8”, or 1/4”
  • Gas injection system


One option is a custom designed, stainless steel oven that houses the core holder(s) and fluid separators. This allows core flooding tests to be conducted routinely to 150°C. With special seal materials and other modifications to components, tests to 200°C are possible. Other options to heat components to reservoir temperatures include heating jackets and rod heaters.

Fluid Accumulators

A bank of piston-type accumulators is mounted in the oven to allow multiple fluids to flow through a core sample in sequence or simultaneously.  Air operated automatic valves, also in the controlled temperature environment, allow the active accumulator(s) to be selected or be filled without disturbing the temperature environment. The separators are driven by one or more VPA’s. The separators provide capability to flow highly corrosive fluids through the core sample(s) without putting the corrosive fluid in contact with the VPA. Typical specifications for the fluid separators are:

  • Wetted parts: Hastelloy C 276, Titanium, Stainless Steel, Teflon, and PEEK
  • Volume: 20 to 2000 ml
  • Pressure: Up to 20,000 psi

Confining Pressure Control

The pressure control system controls the confining pressure around the core sample and, if applicable, the axial pressure applied to the core sample.  Some options include:

  • Pressure: Up to 20,000 psi
  • “Passive” pressure control with isolation valves
  • “Active” pressure control with back pressure regulator or VPA
  • Separate axial pressure control

Differential Pressure Measurement Module

Accurate differential pressure measurement is the key to accurate permeability and other flow parameter calculations. These measurements include differential pressure measurements over the length of the core and between ports on core holders with multi-tap pressure ports. Selecting the optimum differential measurement transducer(s) depends on the differential pressure to be measured as well as the system pressure rating. DCI engineers can help select the optimum differential pressure transducers for a specific application. A proprietary DCI design uses dual quartz pressure transducers with one part per billion resolution capability and an air-operated shorting valve between the two transducers to provide extremely accurate and stable differential pressure measurement.

Back Pressure Control and Fluid Sampling System

The back pressure control system controls the downstream pore pressure in the system and provides a means of measuring flow rates and volumes of fluids flowing through the core(s). Options include:

  • VPA in pressure mode to control back pressure and measure volume.
  • Dome-loaded back pressure regulator
  • Acoustic Separator
  • VPA and Acoustic Separator using CFAS™
  • Fraction Collector
  • Coriolis mass flow meter.

Data Acquisition and Test Control System

Data is acquired automatically from each transducer in the system. This PC-based system allows the operator to specify which data are collected for a specific test as well as the data collection rate. The same PC program provides test control capability for the system. A touch-screen interface allows the operator to set the flow configuration, the back pressure control mode, the active accumulator, the oven temperature, the VPA control mode and other test parameters. The flow configuration and other test parameters are displayed graphically to the operator. Other screens allow for functions such as individual control of automated valves for maintenance purposes, entry of transducer calibration values, and more. This data acquisition and test control software is typically customized to each specific test system.

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