Electron Beam E-Beam Irradiation Improves Conventional Heavy-Oil Upgrading
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This paper presents the experimental and simulation study of E-Beam hydrocarbon upgrading process which shows the efficiency of E-Beam process and radiation energy transfer mechanism for single and multiphase fluid. Society's growing demands for energy results in rapid increase in oil consumption and motivates conversion of unconventional resources to conventional resources. There are enormous amounts of heavy oil reserves in the world but the lack of cost effective technologies either for extraction, transportation, or refinery upgrading hinders the development of heavy oil reserves. The traditional problem of conventional heavy oil upgrading is that it takes large amounts of thermal energy and expensive chemicals or catalysts to upgrade. Using E-Beam technology we may lower the energy requirement and reduce the use of specific chemicals or catalysts. The design of facilities can be simpler and will contribute to lowering the costs of transportation and processing of heavy oil and bitumen. Copyright 2010, Society of Petroleum Engineers.
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Yang, D., Kim, J., Silva, C. F., Barrufet, M. A., & Moreira, R.