(44c) Application of Aggregation Thermodynamics and Molecular Characterization to Study Asphaltene Precipitation of Bituminous Crude Oils
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 4:26pm to 4:49pm
Md Rashedul Islam, Yifan Hao, Meng Wang, and Chau-Chyun Chen
Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University
Addition of paraffinic feedstock to bituminous crude oil significantly impairs the solvent power of crude oil. The content and nature of paraffins in the blend determines the asphaltene precipitation behavior, i.e. onset point, and yield. Comprehensive thermodynamic modeling offers the necessary tool to understand and track the compatibility of heavy crude oils with paraffinic feedstock, and to predict asphaltene precipitation onset and yield. Recently, an aggregation thermodynamic framework  developed from Yen-Mullins hierarchy model for asphaltene  has been shown to successfully predict asphaltene precipitation from a wide spectrum of solvent mixtures. Furthermore, a molecule based characterization approach has been utilized to represent Cold Lake bitumen with real hydrocarbon molecules and a refined NRTL-SAC activity coefficient model  successfully applied to predict asphaltene precipitation from mixing Cold Lake bitumen with n-alkanes . In this work, this methodology is further demonstrated with two additional heavy oils, i.e., Athabasca and Peace River.
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