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Electrical Properties Estimation of Oil Sands

  • Author / Creator
    Gaikwad, Rohankumar
  • 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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  • Graduation date
    2014-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3ST7F511
  • 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)
    • Thundat, Thomas (Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Thundat, Thomas (Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • Kumar, Aloke (Department of Mechanical Engineering)
    • Yeung, Anthony (Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering)