Pyrolysis in Open Systems



Methods are reviewed for how to measure pyrolysis kinetics under atmospheric or lower pressure. The effects of heat and mass transfer on apparent chemical reaction rates are discussed, including limits for heating rates and sample size and geometry that result in the sufficiently accurate temperature measurements. Evidence for sequential versus parallel reaction mechanisms is described, including common misinterpretations in the literature. The competition between oil and tar vaporization and coking is outlined, including how it affects product yields and composition. Kinetic parameters for coal, sapropelic kerogens, and asphaltenes are reviewed, with the conclusion that principal activation energies outside the range of about 50–56 kcal/mol are not credible. Relevant global models range from sigmoidal to distributed reactivity depending on the kerogen structure.


Open-system kinetics Pyrolysis kinetics Kerogen pyrolysis Coal pyrolysis Activation energy distributions DAEM Asphaltenes Extended Prout-Tompkins model Bitumen intermediate Oil coking Pyromat II 


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