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Effect of energy dissipation rate on bitumen droplet size Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
Droplet
Size
Dissipation
Bitumen
Energy
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Mussbacher, Scott Louis
Supervisor and department
Yeung, Tony (Chemical Engineering)
Bara, Barry (Syncrude Canada Ltd.)
Examining committee member and department
Sanders, Sean (Chemical Engineering)
Lipsett, Mike (Mechanical Engineering)
Department
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
Specialization

Date accepted
2009-08-17T21:18:46Z
Graduation date
2009-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The extraction of bitumen (heavy oil) from the oil sands is predominantly achieved through a water-based technology. This involves a slurrying process, typically called conditioning, which is categorized into three equally important steps: bitumen-sand liberation, bitumen coalescence, and air-bitumen attachment. Previous studies found that bitumen recovery was dependent upon process variables such as energy dissipation rate, temperature and caustic addition. Correlations between bitumen droplet size and recovery have also been established; however no investigations linking the aforementioned process variables to the resultant bitumen droplet size had been performed. This work investigates the development of a Batch Extraction Unit built specifically for this investigation as well as a study of the bitumen droplet size as a function of the rate of mechanical energy input.
Language
English
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doi:10.7939/R3X03C
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