High-Float Emulsion Residue: A New Rheological Model Based on the Existence of a Yield Stress

  • Author / Creator
    Suda, Justin P
  • “High-float” (HF) emulsions are dispersions of micron-sized bitumen droplets in water, with a special type of anionic surfactant functioning as stabilizer. By allowing the water to evaporate from an HF emulsion, what remains is called a “high-float emulsion residue.” Although indistinguishable in appearance from the original bitumen, the HF emulsion residue possesses rheological properties that are remarkably different from those of bitumen. In particular, the HF residue exhibits a yield stress which prevents it from draining under the influence of gravity even at elevated temperatures. In this study, a new rheological model is proposed for the HF emulsion residue. An experimental procedure is also introduced to measure the yield stress using dynamic shear rheometry.

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  • Graduation date
    2016-06:Fall 2016
  • Type of Item
  • Degree
    Master of Science
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  • Institution
    University of Alberta
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  • Department
    • Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Specialization
    • Chemical Engineering
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Yeung, Anthony (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Afacan, Artin (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • Liu, Qi (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • Yeung, Anthony (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • Liu, Quingxia (Chemical and Materials Engineering)