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Solubility Modeling of Athabasca Vacuum Residue

  • Author / Creator
    Zargarzadeh, Maryam
  • The solubility parameters for ten fractions of Athabasca vacuum residue were calculated from molecular representations via group additivity methods. Two methods were used; Marrero-Gani and Fedors. The calculated parameters were compared between the fractions for consistency, and also compared with other literature sources. The results from the Marrero-Gani method were satisfactory in that the values were in the expected range and the results were consistent from fraction to fraction. The final stage of the work on group additivities was to estimate the solubility parameter values at the extraction temperature of 473 K, and then compare the solutes to the solvents. The solubility parameters of the solvents were calculated from correlations and from the molecular dynamic simulation; the latter method did not result in fulfilling values. The most reasonable solvent and solute solubility parameters were used to assess the utility of the solubility models to explain the trends. The solubility models were not suitable for these types of materials. Stability of heavy oil fractions undergoing mild thermal reactions were predicted computationally for limited sample cracked molecules.

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  • Graduation date
    2010-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3W681
  • 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
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • McCaffrey, William C (Chemical and Materials engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Chalaturnyk, Rick (Civil and Environmental Engineering)