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cross flow filtration, dewatering, oil sands tailings
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University of Alberta
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Zhang, Chenxi
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Sego,David (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
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Ulrich,Ania (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Rajaratnam,Nallamuthu (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Askari-Nasab,Hooman (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Kresta,Suzanne (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
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This research is a follow up to preliminary studies reported by Beier and Sego (2008) and the objective is to investigate laboratory scale dewatering of oil sands total tailings using cross flow filtration technology. A laboratory experiment was setup in Oil Sands Tailings Research Facility and tests were carried out under different operational conditions using different tailings. The experiments showed clean filtrate water generated under all test conditions. Coarser tailings and higher filter pipe porosity resulted in greater filtrate flux rate. The effect of slurry velocity, residual bitumen, and transmembrane pressure on cross flow filtration performance was also evaluated. A dimensional analysis was developed using the laboratory tests to establish the relationships between measured parameters and to assist and guide future experimental programs.
License granted by Chenxi Zhang ( on 2010-06-29T04:05:18Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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