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Journal of Applied Sciences
Year: 2014  |  Volume: 14  |  Issue: 10  |  Page No.: 1093 - 1096

Investigation of Effect of Bulk Temperature on Dissolution and Precipitation Of Asphaltenes Using Flocculation Onset Titration

Z.A. Chandio, M. Ramasamy and H. Mukhtar    

Abstract: All of the organic fouling in petroleum refinery crude preheat train is caused by insoluble asphaltenes and the effect of bulk temperature on solubility of asphaltenes is somewhat uncertain. In this study, the effect of bulk temperature on flocculation and precipitation of asphaltenes in crude oil residue has been investigated at different temperatures from 20-95°C using automated flocculation titrimeter. It is observed that the solubility parameter and solvating power of the oil increased with the increase in temperature. The results indicate that solubility of the particles in oil and overall stability of the oil increased with the increase in temperature in the range studied.

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