A pyrolysis-gas chromatographic analysis of athabasca bitumen

R. George, S. Ritchie, Rodney S. Roche, William Steedman

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A study of the pyrolysis of Athabasca bitumen has been made using the pyrolysis-gas chromatographic technique. At temperatures below 500°C the evolution of volatile products from bitumen is dominated by a distillation process. Pyrolysis becomes more important in the higher temperature regions; by 950°C deep-seated degradation to gases and light ends is dominant. The apparent activation energy of the low-temperature process is reported. © 1978 American Chemical Society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-372
Number of pages3
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Product Research and Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1978


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