Available equipments at FIRP and Associated Laboratories

FIRP and associated Laboratory equipments available to support research, developement and servicies activities, as well as certifications and technical training

Drop/particle size analysis from 3 nm to 300 µm

  • Mastersizer Malvern E (1-300 µm)
  • Beckman Coulter LP 120 (50 nm-100 µm)
  • Beckman Coulter N5 (3 nm-3 µm)
  • Mastersizer 2000 Malvern (0.1 – 300 µm)
  • Turbiscan Formulaction classic
  • Turbiscan Formulaction on line


  • Rheomat 30 Couette rheometer
  • Rheometrics SR-5000 constant shear rheometer
  • TA Instrument AR-G2 rheometer
  • Various viscometers (Brookfield, Ostwald, Eppendorf, falling ball and rotating ball)


  • Zeiss optical microscope
  • Nikon video microscope

Analysis apparatuses

  • Gas chromatography
  • Liquid chromatography (Waters)
  • Densimeter (Anton Parr)
  • Atomic absorption spectrophotometer
  • UV-VIS spectrophotometer
  • FTIR Spectrophotometer
  • NMR 400MHz instrument (Bruker)
  • Zetameter (Beckman Coulter)

Tensiometry - Goniometry

  • Spinning drop tensiometer (5 units of UT model 500)
  • Spinning drop tensiometer (5 units of computerized model made at ULA)
  • Other tensiometers with Whilhelmy plate or De Nouy ring (Fisher, DataPhysics)
  • Pendent drop tensiometer (KSV CAM 200)
  • Goniometer (Rame-Hart)
  • Langmuir balance (Lauda)
  • Washburn apparatus (Data Physics)

Pilot plants available at Lab FIRP

  • Asphalt emulsification (1 ton/h)
  • Emulsion inversion with backdiffusion monitoring
  • Foam column at high pressure and high temperature
  • Ultrafiltration pilot plant
  • Electrodialysis pilto plant
  • Emulsion/foam transport line

Apparatuses developed in ULA by FIRP and CITEC (currently offered on the market)

  • Spinning drop computerized tensiometer (down to 0.0001 mN/m)
  • Electrostatic dehydratation apparatus to test water-in-crude emulsion breaking