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Consider accurate feed characterization with improved simulation methods

09.01.2013  |  Ha, H. Z.,  Fluor Canada Ltd., Calgary, Alberta, CanadaTiwary, D. ,  Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

Keywords: [oil sands] [bitumen] [distillation] [diluent] [modeling]

Assay definition is crucial for accurate process simulations. The performance of process simulators depends on the feed definition to the processing unit. Modern analytical laboratories can offer complete assay measurements on the bulk properties, distillation behavior, composition (elemental, molecules of light ends and hydrocarbon types of heavy fractions), heavy metals, salt content, etc.

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