Rigorous trials prove genuine Gilsonite® uintaite will not remass
May 27, 2021
In laboratory testing and in client use, Gilsonite® uintaite, supplied by American Gilsonite Company, has proven its resistance to caking or remassing, even under high pressure, extreme temperatures and long-term storage. The chemical composition and refined purity of American Gilsonite® uintaite allow particles to remain loose and easy to mix, as opposed to competing products that tend to fuse together in storage and require re-milling in order to use them. For this reason, other asphaltites contain added fillers that reduce the purity of the product.
Gilsonite® uintaite showed no tendency to clump or cake, even after 4 weeks at constant high temperature and pressure
To test for any tendency to clump, cake or remass, American Gilsonite Company’s lab subjected a sample of Gilsonite® uintaite to constant heat of 60º C (140º F) for four weeks. At the conclusion of the test period, there was no appearance of any clumping or re-massing.
Additionally, the research and development lab at Gumpro Drilling Fluids conducted a carefully controlled test of Gilsonite® uintaite under high pressure as well as heat. Sacks of Gilsonite® uintaite were stacked in a 60º C (140º F) test oven as they would be in a warehouse, with the bottom bag bearing a load of 16 times its own weight. After eight days, the test concluded that there were no signs of caking.
Gilsonite® uintaite remained granulated in storage for almost 2 years
In the field, Gilsonite® uintaite has been tested under extreme conditions. In Odessa, Texas, a pumping company stored 37,000 pounds of Gilsonite® uintaite loose in a vertical silo for 22 months. Temperatures ranged from above 38º C (100º+ F) for months at a time to below freezing. “After sitting in bulk storage for nearly two years under tons of its own weight, Gilsonite® showed no clumping or remassing,” said a spokesperson for the pumping company. “There were no issues when unloading the silo, dry blending in the bulk plant or mixing at the wellsite.”
Conclusion: Unlike inferior competing products, Gilsonite® uintaite will not remass
Competing products and counterfeit products posing as Gilsonite® uintaite have presented remassing issues as well as combustion issues when stored under similar conditions.
Results in the lab and in the field prove that Gilsonite® uintaite from American Gilsonite Company is the cost-effective, high-performance, multipurpose additive that will not cake or remass.