Solution gas/oil ratio (GOR) and oil formation volume factor (FVF) are normally obtained from differential or flash liberation tests. However, neither the differential liberation process nor the flash liberation process can represent the fluid flow in petroleum reservoirs. Therefore, data obtained from any of the two test procedures must be adjusted to approximate the fluid behavior in the reservoir. At low pressures, the conventional method of adjustment yields negative values of solution GOR and values of oil FVF of less than 1. This, of course, is not physically correct.

This paper presents a new method for adjusting the differential liberation data to separator conditions. The new method overcomes the limitations of the conventional adjustment method and makes the low-pressure extension of the curves of solution GOR and oil FVF more accurate. The method is based on the fact that data obtained from both the differential and flash liberation tests should yield the same value of oil relative density at reservoir conditions. The new method is tested using 425 PVT files, yielding results that are consistent with the physical behavior of solution GOR and oil FVF.

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