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Copyrolysis of bitumen and oxygenate containing materials at low temperature

  • Author / Creator
    Toosi, Elaheh
  • Bitumen, as one of the most important unconventional sources of energy, has long been an attractive source for production of liquid fuels. It is important to improve the yield and quality of the useful products resulting from bitumen upgrading processes so that the best outcome can be achieved with the least capital cost. It has been shown in literature that if the thermal upgrading processes are performed at lower temperature (below 400 °C), the obtained liquid yield can be improved. However, the low temperature slows down the rates and in general low temperature processes are less likely to be economical in industry. If this rate-challenge can be overcome, it is more beneficial to operate the bitumen upgrading processes at lower temperature. The working hypothesis was that oxygenate containing compounds, which are more reactive for thermal conversion, can be used to increase the overall reaction rate of bitumen conversion at lower temperature. This thesis studied the effect of co-processing some oxygenate containing materials with bitumen, namely, different coal and biomass derived materials.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3Z02ZK8C
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Specialization
    • Chemical Engineering
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • McCaffrey, William (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • De Klerk, Arno (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Liu, Chad (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • De Klerk, Arno (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • Luo, Jingli (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • McCaffrey, William (Chemical and Materials Engineering)