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Microfluidic method of viscosity measurement in propane-saturated bitumen

Microfluidic method of viscosity measurement in propane-saturated bitumen

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Title: Microfluidic method of viscosity measurement in propane-saturated bitumen
Author: Kim, Mira
Mosavat, Nader
Sinton, David
Identifier: CSME086
Abstract: In this paper, the viscosity propane-saturated bitumen was measured through a microfluidic chip. Property measurement of propane-saturated bitumen has been traditionally done on a heavy-duty PVT cell, and the application of microfluidics in high temperature and pressure conditions to measure the properties of bitumen is a novel technique. There are two steps in the viscosity measurement of propane-saturated bitumen. First, the propane saturated bitumen is prepared in a high-pressure piston cylinder through propane injection in bitumen at a pressure above its saturation pressure. This propane-bitumen sample is left to saturate till it there is no further pressure drop. Then the propane-saturated bitumen is pushed through the microfluidic chip and the viscosity of the bitumen is measured by the pressure differences and the imaging of the fluid end, as an application of the Poiseuille’s law.
Subject: Engineering Analysis & Design
Fluid Mechanics
Mechanical Engineering Education
Bitumen
Oil sands
Microfluidics
Propane
PVT
Viscosity
Diffusion
Type: Article
Rights: The copyright for the paper content remains with the author
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/35433
http://dx.doi.org/10.25071/10315/35433
Published: CSME-SCGM
ISBN: 978-1-77355-023-7
Date: 2018-05

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