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Electrical Properties Estimation of Oil Sands Open Access


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Dielectric constant
Electrical properties
loss factor
Oil sands
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Gaikwad, Rohankumar
Supervisor and department
Thundat, Thomas (Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Kumar, Aloke (Department of Mechanical Engineering)
Thundat, Thomas (Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering)
Yeung, Anthony (Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering)
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
Chemical Engineering
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Graduation date
Master of Science
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With conventional sources of oil depleting, non-conventional oil resources such as heavy crude oil, oil shales, and oil sands are gaining importance as alternatives. Various extraction processes have been employed to separate bitumen from oil sands. The relatively unexplored electromagnetic heating of oil sands can be a major breakthrough for extraction of bitumen from oil sands. The objective of this work is to study the electrical properties of Athabasca oil sands with variations in frequency and temperature. The electric properties of a material are described by the impedance parameters and complex permittivity. To obtain the electrical properties, a set of experiments were performed for frequencies ranging from 100 Hz to 1 MHz with temperatures varying between 200C - 2500C. Electrical properties such as dielectric constant and dissipation factor were derived from the experimental results obtained using a parallel plate capacitor with an impedance analyzer. Temperature dependence results were also measured at different frequencies. Characterization and estimation of different properties of oil sands will turn out to be useful in experimental as well as modelling related studies of electromagnetic heating.
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