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Sedimentation Behaviour of Fine Solids in Hydrocarbon

  • Author / Creator
    Bianchini Moroni, Ana Maria
  • The current bitumen extraction process has an alarming and increasing environmental impact that is forcing the industry to find a better way to produce oil. The solution that is in development is a solvent based bitumen extraction process. The removal of fines solids is still an important issue to solve. This study focusses on the settling behavior of fine solids in diluted bitumen. The settling rate of indigenous fines and bitumen coated silica and clays in diluted bitumen using n-heptane as the solvent. In conclusion, the identity of the particles has an effect in the adhesive forces between particles, even if they are coated with a layer of bitumen. Bitumen extracted fines show a slower aggregation mechanism than silica in n-heptane. The silica particles sedimentation behaviour was predictable and correlated to their size, in contrast with what was seen with the clays.

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  • Graduation date
    2014-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3BW9B
  • 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)
    • Yeung, Tony (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • Liu, Qi (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Afacan, Artin (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • Liu, Qi (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • Sharp, David (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • Yeung, Tony (Chemical and Materials Engineering)