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Oil Shale Retorting in a Bottom-Burning Retort

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K. S. Udell

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, Calif. 94720

H. R. Jacobs

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112

J. Energy Resour. Technol 103(2), 119-127 (Jun 01, 1981) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3230823 History: Received April 04, 1979; Revised March 02, 1981; Online October 22, 2009

Abstract

An experimental study of a bottom-burning oil shale retort is described. It is shown that for a constant oxidizer flow the combustion front moves at a uniform velocity through the bed. This leads to the use of a moving coordinate system attached to the combustion front in evaluating the various thermal processes occurring in the retort. It is shown that the high quality of oil produced can be tied to a thermal refluxing not present in other retort processes.

Copyright © 1981 by ASME
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