Theses and Dissertations
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The technique of Inverse Gas Chromatography (IGC) was employed for the study of the interactions between various organic solvents with various types of the major inorganic materials (clay minerals and sand) found in Alberta’s oil sands. Heat of adsorption (-∆H) was measured for each solvent with...
During the extraction of crude oil or bitumen, stable water-in-oil emulsions are inevitably formed. The emulsified water contains chloride ions and other organic acidic compounds that cause severe corrosion problems to the downstream plant equipment, creating operational and safety issues and...
Development of an Experimental Apparatus for Studying the Effects of Acoustic Excitation on ViscosityDownload
An experimental apparatus was developed capable of measuring changes in fluid viscosity occurring due to acoustic stimulation. Controls allowed measurements at simulated oil sand reservoir pressures and temperatures with near real-time data visualization. Calibration was performed...
Heavy Oil/Bitumen Recovery by Alternate Injection of Steam and Solvent (Hydrocarbon and CO2) in Fractured Carbonates and OilsandsDownload
The world energy demand is constantly increasing and fossil fuels are still by far the main energy resource that supplies the world energy consumption market, therefore increasing oil recovery from all types of reservoirs is an important matter. The burning of fossil fuels for energy purposes, on...
Natural Zeolite Catalysts for the Integrated Cracking, Waterless Extraction and Upgrading of Oilsands BitumenDownload
Canadian oilsands bitumen represents one of the largest petroleum reserves in the world, but extraction of that resource raises significant environmental, operational and quality-related challenges. Current extraction processes are water intensive, generating high volume tailings ponds that are...
Canada has the largest known reserve of oil in the world in the form of oil sands: an estimated 1.7 to 2.5 trillion barrels of oil are deposited in combination of the sand, water and clay. The presented research is devoted to bubble-solid surface interaction, which is one of the critical areas...